OpenOffice, by Sun
Microsystems, looks like a potential replacement for Microsoft Word,
although possibly not quite yet. This means it’s probably well worth
learning to use and keeping an eye on. (It’s also quite good enough for
most word-processing purposes as it stands.) Version 2 has just come
out and seems greatly improved on Version 1.
The autocorrect options have a similar curly quote replacement to Word.
To find and replace non-printing characters in OpenOffice, you need to
tick the Regular Expressions checkbox, then use the search/replace
codes listed in the Help menu under ‘List of Regular Expressions’. For
a logical search expression with nested AND and OR operators, use
\n In the Find field this represents a soft return.
In the Replace field, this represents a hard return.
\t Represents a tab in both Find and Replace fields.
^. Finds the first character of a paragraph in the Find field.
$ In the Find field, this represents a hard return.
^$ Finds an empty paragraph.
seems to be no easy way to replace straight quotes with curly ones
— single or double. The best I’ve been able to figure out
is to replace
all straight quotes preceded by a space with opening curly quotes and
then to replace all other straight quotes with closing curly quotes.
Note: even when you have chosen to replace all straight quotes with curly
quotes in the Autocorrect… menu, the Find & Replace tool will still
insert straight quotes.
Regular Expression Links
The ‘Save As’ Function
One can make documents that PalmReader will read by using the Save As option on the File menu.
Styles work much the same way as in Word, but the style
palette, Stylist, is much easier to use than the one in Word
— if it’s visible,
you can select styles for the paragraphs you have selected just by
double-clicking on them. There are clear distinctions between paragraph
styles, character styles, and numbering/bullets, and there's an
excellent thing called page style, which seems to replace
setup and section parts of Word.
Use Enter to accept a word that is autocompleting, or just keep typing if it’s not the word you want.
The autocorrect options have the same curly quote replacement as Word.