Problem with Smart Quotes / languages in Word XP
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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Sep 26, 2006

I've come across an occasional problem that is irksome, and can't seem to find the solution.

If I get a document that was originally created in French (with the language set to French), and then want to work on it for my English translation, I can of course go in, 'select all', and set the language to English. No problem! And from that point on, when I type quotes, they come out as correct English quotes (I have the 'Smart Quotes' option turned on)

HOWEVER... if I perform a 'search-and-replace' — for example, to convert previous un-smart quotes into smart ones — the quotes it replaces with are French ones («...»), and I cannot find any way of stopping this.
It does not happen if 'smart quotes' are turned off, but of course that defeats the object!

I assume the 'search' facility has got 'stuck' in its original language, but does anyone know how to get round this?

Thanks, in advance, for any tips

[Edited at 2006-09-26 19:38]


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Have you set the language in the styles to your target language? Sep 26, 2006

Ist the automatic language recognition switched out?

Should the language in the styles still be French, than you have your reason.
Is the automatic language recognition on, Word sees what is in French and acts accordingly.

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Jerzy


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Vito Smolej
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Check the other Tab in AutoText Sep 26, 2006

if I perform a 'search-and-replace' — for example, to convert previous un-smart quotes into smart ones — the quotes it replaces with are French ones («...»), and I cannot find any way of stopping this.


Could it be that checkbox in AutoFormat? - first entry in "replace" - something like "replace straight quotes with typographic".

I never figured out those quotes anyhow, so pls ignore if Im barking up the wrong tree.

Regards

Vito


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Styles with language set were indeed the problem Sep 26, 2006

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

Should the language in the styles still be French, than you have your reason.


Thanks, Jerzy — got it in one!

I thought the standard 'Normal' style was language-free, so I didn't even think to check there... but that's the problem OK.

Thanks a lot for your help, and also to Vito for your contribution — yes, I had checked that, but it didn't make any difference


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