Various thoughts about travel, writing, and publishing -- plus anything else that is worth a comment by award winning science fiction author Henry Melton
Monday, June 13, 2011
Double Spacing from iPhone Notes to InDesign
Since many of my new stories are created in the Notes application of iPhone and iPad, I just recently ran up against a new issue while formatting the results in InDesign for my latest novel. My standard text formatting for print uses a single space between sentences. While composing in Notes, a double-space will add a period at the end of the sentence and capitalize the next word. This is a handy time saver while composing, but when the text is eventually moved into InDesign (or some other word-processor or layout software) I find that sentences are double-space separated.
One of my regular clean-up procedures is to find and replace double-spaces with a single space, repeating until there are none left. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with text created in Notes. You see, that first space is a 'non-breaking space'. To clean them out, you first have to do a find and replace on them, converting them to regular spaces, before collapsing duplicates. It's a quick fix, but unless your eyes are on the lookout for resistant double-spaces, you might not even notice that they exist.