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On Mar 1, 2011, at 19:54 , MR ZenWiz wrote:

On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 12:05 AM, James Wilde
<> wrote:
The other oddity I noticed, which, again, is not something you would use every day, involves 
text which is apparently selected, but is actually not.  And in this case it's probably worth 
mentioning that I'm using 3.3.1 on a Mac running OSX 10.6.6.

I was going through a long document correcting quotation marks.  The document contained a mixed 
bag of single and double quotation marks, and some were of the typewriter form (same at opening 
and closing) and some were of the kind that I learned to call 66's and 99's, which have a 
distinctive comma form.  Some of these were 6's and 9's of course, if they were single quotation 

I was replacing typewriter double quotes around direct speech with single 6's and 9's, thus:

"What do you mean by "good"?" asked John would become "What do yo mean by 6good9?" asked John.  
(I'm typing text only, so I can't actually type curved quotes without going to html)

I had a search and replace window open with which I searched for opening double quotes by 
clicking on find until I came to the opening quotes of "good" in the sample above, when I 
clicked on replace to replace it with a single 6 quote.  When one does this, the search 
automatically goes on to find the next example of a double quote, and in this case would hop to 
the end of "good" and select the second quotation marks.  To handle this, I had a copy of the 
character table open, with the single 9 quote selected.  When I pressed "Insert", nothing 
happened.  No replace, no insert.  Not until I physically reselected the already selected double 
typewriter quote.

Not world-shattering, but perhaps something that needs an explanation.  Or a fix.

I'm not sure you can do that in the context of a running find/replace
command - it has different operational rules than just straight
insertion, even over selected text.

What you can do for situations like this (although I usually convert
the quotes the other way around - from 66/99 back to straight quotes)
is select and copy the replacement pattern you want to use outside the
running f/r, then when you hit the opening quote, just replace it, but
when you hit the closing quote, use paste (^V or <insert>) to drop the
previously selected and copied (i.e., clipboard) closing quote.  That
should work.

Thanks, that sounds like a good solution.

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