I frequently do find and replace operations in my html code in RoboHelp. I have noticed that when I do a find and replace in the code for all files in a folder, RH sometimes breaks lines randomly, which creates an error. For example, it may change:
This type of error is revealed only when the topic is displayed in the browser after output is generated (previewed topic looks ok).
It also sometimes breaks url's:
These errors show up as broken links in the project pane.
This may happen 3 or 4 times in a few dozen files, ranging in size from 50 - 2500 lines. Most files are fine, but a handful will have 1 or 2 errors. It is time-consuming to find and fix all of these. Validating the files recognizes that there is an error when it involves a tag, but it never takes me to the correct location in the file when I double-click the error in the error list.
The characters that create the new lines are hidden (no way to show CR or LF in the editor) so I have no way of knowing what is being inserted. I also have no way to find these errant new lines.
Has anyone else seen this?
Any help would be appreciated.
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Yes, anyone who has used Find and Replace.
The only answer is to use external find and replace tools that search across lines and maybe allow wild cards. dnGrep is one that I have used.
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Thanks Peter. I have a very old find and replace tool that still works, so I do use that for multi-line and wildcard operations. Unfortunate that Adobe has not seen fit to fix this as it renders that feature unusable in some cases. (It does work a lot of the time - just unpredictable as to when it will fail...)
I'll put a request in the bug database.