Indesign CS6 here.
I have book with curly/typographer's quotation marks. But they are all with single (UK style) marks. I want to replace them all with double quotation marks.
Is there a grep command or something which will search a single left mark at the beginning of a word along with a single right mark at the end of a word and then replace both with double marks in their respective locations? It should be something that won't convert apostrophes in the process.
That is exceedingly tricky. I would not recommend doing a Replace All but check one by one by eye, using Change/Find Next. It will take some extra time but there are too many cases where a stray apostrophe such as in "Hawkins'" and "'twas" will mess not one 'strophe up but actually two in a row.
That said, search for this GREP
and put this in Change To:
The Find locates a single apostrophe without a 'word character' before it, to avoid locating "it's". It then grabs the following string up to the next 'strophe which in turn must not be followed by a word character. Testing it on a random document already shows it fails because of
Schwartz et al.'s description of ... (long sentence) ... The items' value is ...
so indeed this need a human to oversee.