You may be looking for Paste Without Formatting. This will paste the new text in with the attributes of the old.
Styles sheets would also be a great help to you.
I know about that function, the thing is we do not paste all the time we type most of the text "over" the previos lanuage
You can use the Insert function on the keyboard
When you press Insert it enables the cursor at the start of the letter and overtypes it as you type.
Can be done on Mac MacBook Pro "Insert" Function | Apple Support Communities
Hi Eugene thanks for the reply.
I know this normally works in Microsoft Word. I have tried to use the insert key with InDesign but nothing changes, typing remains the same.
I also searched for a solution in the story editor but were unable to find.
Argh that's frustrating! I never noticed that key did not work in InDesign.
A bit of research and it turns out the MS Office has this as an option in their software. But I cannot find an option in InDesign preferences to make this work.
However, somethings are not listed in the shortcuts and preferences and are hidden triggers in InDesign which can be accessed through a script.
I'm not saying it's possible to activate the Insert Key through a script, but it's plausible that it can be activated.
Maybe ask on the scripting forum? InDesign Scripting
I know this may be a possibility as with InDesign's earlier versions of PDF export to interactive documents there previously was no way to export interactive pdfs as single pages if in Spreads.
But the option to toggle this setting was scriptable.
Use Layers for each language, that is why they are there, it will allow you to switch on the fly and keep multiple languages in one document
I wonder, since you say it takes a long time to delete text, how do you do that - how do you delete text? I don't find it takes me a serious time in editing, and overtype would be of limited use as it's rarely the same number of characters.
Also look up conditional text for multiple languages. Layers are good. Conditional text is way better.
Thanx this was a helpful answer, wanted to know exactly that.
Will follow up on the scripting...
If I get this right, you want to:
1. Use an insertion point as selection
2. Start a script for a special editing mode, that:
Will remove the next character right to the character you currently type in.
Until the end of the story will be reached, then stop removing, just let you inserting characters.
3. Another script, that will end this mode
Just an idea:
Could be done by an event-listening script on a selection, that will fire, if the selection is changing, I think.
But did not test anything yet.
I a serious question about how you currently delete, I didn't see a reply. I have watched people edit text and I see that many of them missed a few of the efficient tricks (like Ctrl+Shift+right arrow followed by type replacement text without any Delete key).
That's the current method but unnecessary if a proper over-type function were available.
The scripting forum replied "It is not possible to 'activate' this through a script; there is no visible overtype function or preference in InDesign's Scripting model."
Thank you all for your help