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Find change by list script to apply character style

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Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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I'm new to scripting but have been using the FindChangebyList script with "tags" in manuscripts to automate paragraph style application like so:

text {findWhat:"[p1]"} {changeTo:" ", appliedParagraphStyle: "p1"} {includeFootnotes:true, includeMasterPages:true, includeHiddenLayers:true, wholeWord:false}


This works great, but I want to code different kinds of italics [emphasis, citation, language] in my file for acessibility purposes. I usually perform a simple find/change grep to change all local italics to an italic character style. But I want to be able to code specific kinds of italics directly into the manuscript as I have done for paragraph styles. For instance, if the manuscript refers to a book, I want to use [c] (or something like this) beside the word or phrase I want to apply a "citation" character style to. So a manuscript might have a paragraph that looks like this:

[p1] The novel [c]Moby [c]Dick is about a whale. It is written by Herman Melville...


Is there a way to code for this in the FindChangeList.txt support file? Or is there a better way to use in-text [tags] to apply character styles?

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