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    Best way to... (Word 2003)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers

    I missed you all, in the past couple of days. To imagine me doing work without the Lounge's safety net... <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15> now we are back in business I hope,

    OK is AutoCorrect the best way to change say the names of the days of the week, from English to French?

    As an example, I am thinking if I place a new custom AutoCorrect list that has Monday to be changed into Lundi. But then I will also need an entry for Mon -> Lundi, and another for Mon. Lundi and here lies the problem, how many different variations can I have for the same correction without stepping into the legitimate typing that should not be changed.

    Is there any other technique other than Search and Replace?

    Thanks and welcome back.

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    Re: Best way to... (Word 2003)

    If someone types Monday and a space, and this change to Lundi, the only way to change it back easily is to immediately press Ctrl+Z (undo). Depending on the people using your AutoCorrect file, this could be irritating. If people want to write in French, why not use codes like fmo for Lundi, ftu for Mardi, etc. Or something similar. In other words, a combination that will be easy to remember and type, and unlikely to map to any real word.

    If the document already exists, Find and Replace is best, but making it "smart" enough to evaluate all of the contexts could be tricky.

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    Re: Best way to... (Word 2003)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Jefferson

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for your fast and great reply. But you say: <<< but making it "smart" enough to evaluate all of the contexts could be tricky. >>>

    Is that to mean using some sort of formatting to distinguish what needs to be replaced or not?

    Can you elaborate, I am fuzzy about this. Maybe an example <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>

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    Re: Best way to... (Word 2003)

    I was thinking that, say, Wed, doesn't always mean Wednesday. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> So if you had a macro that replaced all of the full names and three letter abbreviations, you could have unintended consequences. While a human could tell from the context which is which, a macro would need to be taught.

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    Re: Best way to... (Word 2003)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Jefferson

    Yes!!! Came to the same conclusion.

    Context makes a lot of sense for humans, but not for macros, and how would you teach a macro?

    So each replace action should be verified by the human for context which would slow things down considerably.

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    Re: Best way to... (Word 2003)

    If you search past threads on searching for dates, there are ways to use wildcard searching to find a pattern such as three letters, period, space, 1-2 digits, comma, and so forth.

    Word also can apply formatting when replacing. Maybe the replaces even can be done as tracked changes?

    But before getting too fancy, the question would be, if you search for Wed or Sat or Sun in your document, as a distinct word, with or without a following period, would replacing it with the French equivalent create problems? If so, those will require some special handling, but the precise solution depends on how they were used in your documents.

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    Re: Best way to... (Word 2003)

    And Were They Wed When the Sun Sat Down?
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