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Old 06-23-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default Word to QXP (Win) typographic marks

I am contributing a chapter to a book that is being produced in-house by a professional association, using QXP on Windows. I also use Windows, and the editor asked me to send everything as Word files.

I wrote the material in Word 2000 using auto-correct to insert typographic apostrophes and quotation marks as well as some of the em dashes. That is, I used the regular keys for all of the apostrophes and quotation marks and let Word change them to typographic marks, and entered two hyphens for some of the em dashes, letting Word change them to em dashes.

In the proofs that I received from the editor, all of them have been changed back to typewriter marks and some of the em dashes have been changed to single hyphens. Because of the complex page layout, I think that they cut and pasted the text one paragraph at a time rather than importing it as a single unit. I do not know what settings they are using in Quark or whether it would make a difference.

We have now been through three sets of proofs with no changes except that the single hyphens where em dashes were needed have been changed to double hyphens. The person working on this is not willing to use the ALT key and the numeric keypad to correct them one at a time, but offered to attempt a global search-and-replace. I am wary of that.

Is there an efficient way to fix this? It probably affects the other chapters as well, but it is possible that none of the other authors cares.
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