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    I wanted to copy an article to save for the future (here):
    http://theaporetic.com/?p=914

    But when I copied the article into my text based clipboard program, I noticed that many words were separated by what looked like a hyphen character. BUT it is not a hyphen.

    Next I tried copying the article into Word 2007. But the same thing happened. However, in Word, I can see that the character looks like this: *

    I tried using the replace function in Word to replace this character throughout the document. I copied the character and put it in the source field and left the replace with field blank. But Word reported that it did not find the character at all. Further research appears to indicate that this character is the NOT sign (0172).

    How can I replace (erase) this character in Word? And WHY is this character showing up in the source article anyways?



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    Hi ibeme,

    In Word, using Find/Replace,
    Find = ^31
    Replace = nothing
    The character is ASCII 31.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    OK, that worked. Thanks!

    But I am curious as to WHY the copied file looks like this?

    Why are all these characters there in the copied text? How did these characters get into the file? And why don't they affect the HTML display?

    I experimented with pasting a portion of that article into here and the characters don't show up either, until I copy to some other non-HTML based program.

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    Hi ibeme,

    I believe they are discretionary hyphens added to the text before it was pasted into the blog (Word has a similar feature). That way, the author doesn't have to sit there, manually hyphenating words in lines that have too many/few charcters.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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