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    Posted: 20 Jul 2017 at 3:28am
So you just wrote your ideas down in create new topic only to have broadband dick around and lose it all - aarrgggh!

Next you decide to use Word (or similar) and then copy and paste into create new topic. Looked great in preview but on publication it's full of accented A's and similar crapola.

Here's how to remove the crapola. You'll need to have open the freebie basic text editor such as Notepad which comes with Windows.

Highlight all the text of your published post, right click and copy. Paste it into Notepad.

Now highlight one instance of crapola, right click and copy.

Click the Edit menu-item and select Replace from the dropdown.

Paste the instance of crapola in Find what:. Leave Replace with: blank. Click the Replace All button.

If there is a different type of crapola left, repeat the process on it.

You may now have to replace things like apostrophes which crapola removal may have removed.

Select all text by right clicking and choosing select all, then copy.

Go to your crapola filled post and hit post options. Click edit post from the dropdown. Paste the cleaned text over the original.

You may now have to replace forum formatting such as links and italics, but apart from that you're there.

Click update post and yours should now be crapola free! Clap

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gwebster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2017 at 11:13am
If you directly write anything longer than a few sentences into the online "create" function of your web site authoring tool, it's generally good practice to first write your text into a simple text editor, e.g Scratchpad or Wordpad, and save it on your PC as a text file.

Once you have your text content complete and done any editing to refine it, paste it into your web authoring tool then do all your formatting / links / graphics.

I think you're using Bootstrap but the same good practice applies to all the other online tools (Wordpress, Joomla, etc.).

Once bitten, twice shy, I hope.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richardl60 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2017 at 12:29pm
You are right but not so easy on a phone!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gwebster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2017 at 12:35pm
Originally posted by Richardl60 Richardl60 wrote:

You are right but not so easy on a phone!


Wow, managing a web site from a phone!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Graham Slee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2017 at 12:50pm
Originally posted by gwebster gwebster wrote:

Originally posted by Richardl60 Richardl60 wrote:

You are right but not so easy on a phone!


Wow, managing a web site from a phone!


No, maybe Richard posts using his phone, but this website is managed on a full desktop.
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I sometimes prepare a post using the Apple notes programme & it always results in crapola formatting so I have to remember to re-edit anything other than basic text, full stops or commas before posting. Frustratingly, preview does not show this up so I invariably post, miss something and then have to edit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Graham Slee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 2017 at 3:36am
Just done a recent post by Richard. The big culprit is inverted commas - "double" or 'single' - shown correctly here; but if done in Word or similar you will often get hieroglyphics in place of the quotation marks. Extremely exasperating!



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