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I have discovered an issue when pasting text from Mac Pages and Mac Mail documents.

 

My clients usually send word documents for copy that I view in Pages, and I then copy and paste the text into the Designer document. I noticed that some of the text that I copy and paste is thicker and doesn't print as clearly than some others. It took me a while to find any discernible difference in texts because I could have two different text boxes with the same fonts, including font size, weight, spacing, and stroke, etc. I noticed that in the text boxes that have the slightly thicker fuzzier printing text that the typography buttons for ordinals and fractions were greyed out, whereas the text boxes that were more precise and clear were not.

Unfortunately, I was not able to solve the problem easily by clicking the ordinals and fractions buttons as they were greyed out. On the clearer text boxes, these buttons were clickable, but not on the others. I've discovered that this happens whenever I cut and paste something from Pages or Mac Mail (have not tried any other programs but I assume it is with any text that is formatted). I've tried this with a number of fonts, and it's the same issue with any font that I use, so the problem is not with a specific font, it's with pasting formatted text from one program into a text box in Designer.

If I paste the copy into Text Editor first and then paste it into the text box the ordinals and fractions boxes stay clickable. The only issue then is that I lose all formatting... clients often send documents with partial formatting that definitely saves time.

Can anyone provide some insight into what is happening here and how I might solve this issue?

 

Thanks!

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Just being chatty, 'cause I'm curious. Seems ordinals are poorly defined. Sometimes they are part of a font set, other times they are formed by the app into a superscript notation. Fraction characters don't exist in all fonts. I can't find any unicode for number ordinals, but fractions are available. Evidently different apps handle the formation in different ways. I found one example of ordinals that were from old bit mapped fonts. So what you are getting can be a real mixed bag.

 

A suggestion. Considering that text editor can read and translate them, perhaps pages can retain the formatting. Copy the clients' info, and paste it into a new document. Perhaps Pages will sort out the variables, and create a new document with all the characters of 1 sort. 


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