Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Find and Replace warning
I recently decided to change a real name to a fake name in a book I was writing, to avoid embarrassing someone who might not want to be written about.
I used Microsoft Word's Find and Replace feature, which quickly made about a dozen substitutions in a chapter.
But when I read through the chapter I was surprised to find a few instances of the old name, which had escaped the Find function.
It's important to do a manual verification, because Word might not notice hyphenated words, or words with apostrophes or in their plural form, as targets for replacement.
Don't risk a lawsuit by leaving in a wrong name or word.