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[CS3 JS] How to search for accented letters with GREP

Feb 11, 2012 5:13 PM

Hello,

 

In the following script I have two words, each that has an accented letter. It appears that neither in the script nor in the Find and Replace dialog that GREP will recognize words with accents. It will replace accented characters however. I can do a search for words with no accents but that will lead to trouble when I only want to change the word if it has an accent.

 

Any advice would be great!

 

Tom

 

var myDoc = app.activeDocument;

var rawWordsAccented = ["André","Barrës"]; //find these words

var rawWordsAccentedDHyphens = ["~-Andr\\x{00E9}","~-Barr\\x{00EB}s"]; //replacement words

for(var k =0; rawWordsAccented.length > k; k++){

    var numWords = theGrepChanger(myDoc,rawWordsAccented[k],rawWordsAccentedDHyphens[k]) ;   

    }//end for k

 

function theGrepChanger(docRef,grepFindIt,grepChangeIt){

    app.findGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.NOTHING;

    app.changeGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.NOTHING;

    app.findGrepPreferences.findWhat = grepFindIt;

    app.changeGrepPreferences.changeTo = grepChangeIt;

    var arrGrepFindIt = myDoc.changeGrep();

    return arrGrepFindIt;

}//end theGrepFinder

 
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  • John Hawkinson
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    Feb 11, 2012 9:33 PM   in reply to Tom Tomasko

    In the following script I have two words, each that has an accented letter. It appears that neither in the script nor in the Find and Replace dialog that GREP will recognize words with accents.

    Really? I can Find for "André" in the GREP tab in CS5. Works just fine.

    Did I msinterpret you?

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 7:13 AM   in reply to Tom Tomasko

    Tom,

     

    When you replace "Xyz" with "~-Xyz" you add a character to every found name, which messes up the references in the arrGrepFindIt array. Try looping backwards:

     

    for(var k =r awWordsAccented.length-1; k >= 0; k--)

     

    Peter

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 9:00 AM   in reply to Tom Tomasko

    Tom,

     

    You're right, looping forwards or backwards doesn't make any difference in this case.

     

    Searching "André" works fine for me in CS3, though. Which language version are you using? I remember that in German and in French CS3 installations there were problems with several accented characters (mine is a US-English one, which, ironically, never had problems with accented characters but has difficulty with finding the dollar symbol $).

     

    Peter

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 10:36 AM   in reply to Tom Tomasko

    If your menus and dialogs are in English, you have the English version. Strange that you can't find accents. I'm afraid I can't offer any help.

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 12:09 PM   in reply to Peter Kahrel

    @Peter – you are right.

     

    Just tested with my German version of InDesign CS3 (v 5.0.4).

     

    GREP search could not find "André" nor "Andr\x{00E9}", text search will find "André".
    Glyph search is also good if looking for "é".

     

    Uwe

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 1:26 PM   in reply to Tom Tomasko

    For case-insensitive searches, start your expression with (?i) (it's in the Modifier flyout in the Find/Change dialog). Thus, (?i)james matches James and james. Grep searches are not whole-word only by default. Use the word-boundary marker \b to search whole-word only: \brust\b matches rust but not trust.

     

    Peter

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 1:30 PM   in reply to Laubender

    Uwe,

     

    You could use Andr[[=e=]] to find André, but it would find Andre too. [[=e=]] is a so-called character equivalent, meaning that it matches e and all accented versions of e.

     

    Peter

     
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