Replacing Variable Query

Community Beginner ,
Feb 10, 2021 Feb 10, 2021

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Is there a simple way (without scripts) to add in a hypen to a variable query?

 

For example, If I have an address say:
221B Baker Street
I want to be able to place a hyphen to instead make it: 
221-B Baker Street

 

But my other variable is a Suite number such as: 

1107 Brooklyn Boulevard, Suite A350
but this should also be hyphenated to: 

1107 Brooklyn Boulevard, Suite A-350

 

Here is my Find What:

(\u\d)|(\d\u)

But I want to be able to change to: 

$1-$2

But this doesn't work because of the variability. Any help?

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Advocate , Feb 11, 2021 Feb 11, 2021
\u\K\d|\d\K\u-$0 (^/)  The Jedi

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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The following substitution i.e. "change to" term should work

$1$3-$2$4

See the demo here  

However, when trying in InDesign it is placing $3 and $4 literally while substitution. In order to force it to recognize $3 and $4 we need to have some other character between $1 and $3 and likewise between $2 and $4. I used a hairline space, you could try with some other whitespace character. The following works for me

Find What

(\d)(\u)|(\u)(\d)

Change To

$1~|$3-$2~|$4

-Manan

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Is there no way to do this without the hairline space? My team does a lot of find/replaces, and I'd hate for their query to miss something because of a space added in

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Using a single query I could not find any other way to make it work. As I showed in the demo, it works with other flavors of Regex implementation but InDesign's implementation does not work. I would await some grep geniuses on the forum to dish out a gem for this. For me, if the proposed solution does not fit the bill then it has to be done by using two separate queries.

-Manan

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Thank you for your help. I will see if anyone else has an answer. Thanks!

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\u\K\d|\d\K\u

-$0

 

(^/)  The Jedi

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Omg, this is exactly what I needed! I had no idea what /K was, but I might have to start usisng it more!!

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Ahh, brilliant. I did think of using \K but the piece that I was missing is $0

-Manan

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