Lyonizing Word: Removing Spaces at the End of Table Cells

An American Editor

Removing Spaces at the End of Table Cells

by Jack Lyon

Authors do funny things. Sometimes these things are inadvertent; sometimes they’re the result of trying to “prettify” documents for publication. In either case, editors have to clean up what the authors have done.

One such problem is spaces at the ends of table cells. A table cell should end with the text it contains. If there are spaces after that text, they can cause alignment (and other) problems if they’re allowed to persist into typesetting.

It should be a simple matter to clean up the extraneous spaces: Search for a space followed by an end-of-cell marker and replace with just an end-of-cell marker. But what magic code can we use to find or replace an end-of-cell marker? As it turns out, there isn’t one. But we can still get rid of those spaces with a macro. Here it is…

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Word 2010 VBA: Set Track Changes to their default settings

Sub Review_TrackChanges_Normal()
'This VBA script will set Word 2010 track-changes to the defaults

    With Options
        .InsertedTextMark = wdInsertedTextMarkUnderline
        .InsertedTextColor = wdBlue
        .DeletedTextMark = wdDeletedTextMarkStrikeThrough
        .DeletedTextColor = wdRed
        .RevisedPropertiesMark = wdRevisedPropertiesMarkNone
        .RevisedPropertiesColor = wdByAuthor
        .RevisedLinesMark = wdRevisedLinesMarkOutsideBorder
        .RevisedLinesColor = wdAuto
        .CommentsColor = wdByAuthor
        .RevisionsBalloonPrintOrientation = wdBalloonPrintOrientationPreserve
        .MoveFromTextMark = wdDeletedTextMarkStrikeThrough
        .MoveFromTextColor = wdGreen
        .MoveToTextMark = wdInsertedTextMarkUnderline
        .MoveToTextColor = wdGreen
        .InsertedCellColor = wdCellColorNoHighlight
        .MergedCellColor = wdCellColorLightYellow
        .DeletedCellColor = wdCellColorNoHighlight
        .SplitCellColor = wdCellColorLightOrange
    End With
    ActiveWindow.View.RevisionsMode = wdMixedRevisions
    With ActiveDocument
        .TrackMoves = True
        .TrackFormatting = False
    End With

End Sub


Another one bites the dust

Hal's (Im)Perfect Vision

Today we learned that Sony has sold off their PC business, although from the sounds of it (and certainly for anyone outside Japan) Vaio PCs are just history.  In my view this is a healthy development.  Too many airlines with too many seats meant that under anything other than ideal conditions an airline couldn’t sell a seat for enough money to make a profit.  So it was a race to the bottom in prices,  but also in service and customer-friendly policies.  And lots of trips to bankruptcy court.  It took industry consolidation, and discipline from the remaining players, to start that industry on a path back to health.  And it definitely is still a work in progress.  The PC industry has some of the same business dynamics, and I wish the comparisons ended there.

It’s too easy to get into the PC business and too hard to differentiate products within…

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Bevel Cup: Healthier & Easier-to-Dry Twist on Typical Mugs


There is something both daunting and delightful about tackling a traditional object design that has already stood the test of time. On the one hand, they are nearly impossible to improve. On the other, if you can indeed add something, it provides a whole new perspective on an object everyone thought set in stone. Continue reading

Escapism in New Zealand: Beautiful Home With Wood and Concrete Details

Wairau House Escapism in New Zealand: Beautiful Home With Wood and Concrete Details

A pattern of the rural landscape, the house located in Wairau Valley mixes concrete with wood, unveiling a particularly beautiful home, rich in pavilions and open spaces. The Parsons Architects, the firm responsible with defining this residential project, envisioned a place that emerges with the landscape. The Eucalyptus Saligna wood is very present throughout the house, creating a particular warm feeling of coziness. It’s interesting how concrete and wood complete each other. Everything is carefully balanced and in touch with the nature: “The owners were keen for a house that had a connection to the land spatially and materially. They were interested in occupying the site with a sense of encampment, where different interlinked pavilions offered different areas of occupation and privacy or openness.”

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