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Subject:Re: Converting paragraphs to a table in Flare From:Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com> To:TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 21 Jun 2010 17:54:07 -0400
It's not quite instant, and it's Flare-irrelevant, but I would do it in the source code, with three searches:
1) Search for <p> and replace it with <table><tr><td>
2) Search for </p> and replace it with </td></tr></table>
3) Search for <table>\n</table> and replace it with \n
The only trick is that your text editor needs to have regular expressions to replace \n (newlines).
Also, you don't end up with a perfectly correct table... there's no summary, and you're not including a heading (or labeling thead and tbody for that matter). But I leave that as an exercise for the reader. :-)
On Jun 21, 2010, at 3:58 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> Anybody do that?
> The text is from a command-line utility. 297 paragraphs... this week.
> I paste those into a Flare topic. They're all <p> </p>.
> How to instantly make them become a single-column 297-row table?
> Or, how to create a 297-row table and paste the 297 paragraphs
> all at once, so they each fall into a separate cell/row?
> Copying the paras into the buffer, then selecting the table
> and pasting ... doesn't have that result (though it would/does
> in a word processor).
> It's easy enough in Word or OOo, but I want to avoid importing
> formatted stuff from another app into Help - it always comes
> back to haunt me somehow.
> Kevin McLauchlan
> Senior Technical Writer
> SafeNet, Inc.
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