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Re: [StrongED] Re: S & R query

On 11 Jan 2018 as I do recall,
          Richard Torrens (lists) wrote:

> In article <29a4bab856.Alan.Adams@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>    Alan Adams <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I think it would be useful to have a "getting started" page for
> > Advanced S&R. (In index2.html there is a line for Advanced search and
> > replace, but it isn't a link.)
> http://diy.Torrens.org/RO/StrongED/man/search_adv.html
> Hopefully that introduces it in a readable way. Without queries about how
> well/badly I have worded and ordered things I will never know!
My immediate reaction - it's not a good idea to start off with a highly
technical definition of memory pointers and bytes being inspected.   You'll
lose/scare off the vast majority of your audience almost at once.

You probably want to start off with concepts like "in order to search for a
given piece of text it needs to be inside double quotes, as everything else
gets interpreted as an advanced search command" - this being the most
immediately obvious difference between the standard and advanced search
syntax.  If you just type in the word you want to search for you get an
error, which is frankly less than obvious to the beginner who is used to
'normal' searching.

All the image links appear to be broken currently, as are the links to other
pages that I checked, presumably because this is a work in progress?

I don't understand the 'bracketed blocks of text' section - how is this
distinguished from the previously described uses of braces and round
brackets for a very different purpose?

Harriet Bazley                     ==  Loyaulte me lie ==

He who hesitates is sometimes saved.

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