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Julien Hofberg
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Alt text from XMP Description loses important format

Dec 5, 2012 5:46 AM

Tags: #indesign #cs6

Alt text from Word or .txt that is copied into PS & AI figures/graphics via XMP description loses spaces after paragraph. Screen readers require a space after a period to generate a pause. When this alt text comes into InDesign, the return is removed along with any space so that the screen reader reads


   . . . end of sentence.

Beginning of sentence . . . 


". . . end of sentence dot beginning of sentence. . . "


Typed alt text works properly.  Suggestions?

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    Dec 5, 2012 6:14 AM   in reply to Julien Hofberg

    You could probably use find/change to add the space.


    I'd try the followng GREP:

    \.(?![\d\s[:punct:]]) which I believe will find the periods not followed by any type of whitespace, a digit, or other punctuation (you might not want to change those elsewhere in the document if your search scope is not narrow enough to limit it to the descriptions, and even then there might be cases that would apply).


    Replace with $0<spacebar>


    For clarity, <spacebar> indicates you should type the space.

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    Dec 5, 2012 7:08 AM   in reply to Julien Hofberg

    That's a bit above my pay grade, I'm afraid. I don't think there's a way to access tags with GREP, at least not through the Find/Change interface, and I'm sorry that I may have mislead you.

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