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    A "Find and Replace" Blunder and the importance of editing

    I do a lot of writing every day. Not the writing I want to do, unfortunately, but I probably end up with between 7K and 10K a day worth of written material. When I have to go through and make global changes to documents, "Find and Replace" is a huge time saver. But as you all know, Find and Replace can make changes you didn't want if you aren't using it carefully (or even if you are). So I go through a printed version and proofread.

    Given how much I use Find and Replace, I found this story particularly funny:

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    "You can pretty much do anything if you can seduce the reader into it." -Ellen Kushner

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    Yes, I well remember a few unhappy occasions...

    Now I do Find and Replace only one by one.

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    I do one by one as well, unless I've got a long string so that I know a global find and replace won't screw things up. For example, earlier this week I had to replace the phrase "first shoulder member flange 38" with "first shoulder member flange 39." Something like that you can do globally without much fear of a screw up
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    As long as you don't have independent fingers and a wandering mind...

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