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#1 2017-11-21 12:01:12 pm

alex52
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Registered: 2017-08-28
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Apply no break parameter to a word in a text frame - Illustrator

Hi everyone!

My goal here is to apply the no break parameter of Illustrator with AppleScript to two words in a text frame.

I'm able to detect the non-breaking space in a string I want to apply to a text frame using:
ASCII character 202

Then I need to apply the no break parameter to the word after and before the character 202.

Currently, I'm trying a solution where I replace ASCII character 202 with ASCII character 175 (Ø) so then I can have the full word.

Applescript:

set ourText to "Hello my friend JonØDoe."
set findThis to (ASCII character 175)
set MW to words of ourText

repeat with aWord in MW
   if findThis is in aWord then
       set myWord to aWord
       exit repeat
   end if
end repeat

myWord

--> display: JonØDoe

Then I would like to search in the text frame for "JonØDoe" apply the no break parameter and replace Ø with a space which I haven't achieved so far.

I tried manually in Illustrator, this would work.

Another solution not involving Ø would be to directly find the word preceding/succeeding the non breaking space but I haven't been able to do that so far.

Any help would be really appreciated,
Thanks!

Last edited by alex52 (2017-11-21 12:03:32 pm)

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#2 2017-11-21 08:01:16 pm

Marc Anthony
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Registered: 2006-04-27
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Re: Apply no break parameter to a word in a text frame - Illustrator

Hi. I had done something along these lines in InDesign a long time ago, when I first started messing around with AppleScript. "Word before" and "word after" are both valid objects. Specify an insertion point for each; i.e. get the beginning and end index values.

Applescript:


set findThis to ASCII character 202

tell application "Adobe Illustrator"'s document 1 to repeat with storyIndex from (count stories) to 1 by -1
   tell story storyIndex to repeat with charIndex from (count characters) to 1 by -1
       if character charIndex's contents is findThis then
           tell (text from character (((word before character charIndex)'s character 1)'s index) to character (((word after character charIndex)'s character -1)'s index)) to set characters's no break to true
       end if
   end repeat
end repeat

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#3 2017-11-22 06:19:18 am

alex52
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Registered: 2017-08-28
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Re: Apply no break parameter to a word in a text frame - Illustrator

Ah nice, I had never heard about this. Trying to get this to work with Illustrator.

It actually works but it applies the no break parameter to the whole text and not just the word before/after.

Last edited by alex52 (2017-11-22 07:05:09 am)

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#4 2017-11-23 07:14:47 am

alex52
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Re: Apply no break parameter to a word in a text frame - Illustrator

I found out that it works with word before/after if there is a space after the special character. Working on it to get it working without a space.

"My name is JonØ Doe." will apply the no break parameter to "Jon" and " Doe".

My last step is to remove "Ø".

Would you know if it's possible to remove a character's index within a text frame, when the content is already inside?

If I take the string out, remove it and put the content again into the text frame. The no break parameter is gone.

Last edited by alex52 (2017-11-23 07:15:11 am)

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#5 2017-11-27 12:10:29 am

Marc Anthony
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From:: Dallas, TX
Registered: 2006-04-27
Posts: 772

Re: Apply no break parameter to a word in a text frame - Illustrator

I was out of pocket for several days and have just seen your feedback. Apparently, I didn't actually use ASCII character 202 in my testing; it appears to be nothing more than a standard space, which is problematic as a target in a sentence. When using ASCII 175, the code can be adjusted so that the target references itself, which shortens and simplifies the code.

Concerning your last question, replacing all the content would naturally wipe the no break parameter—it's a character style. The struck-through character you want to remove is already known by index, so it can be exchanged within the styled text. The below edit should yield the expected result.


Applescript:

set findThis to ASCII character 175

tell application "Adobe Illustrator"'s document 1 to repeat with storyIndex from 1 to (count stories)
   tell story storyIndex to repeat with charIndex from (count characters) to 1 by -1
       if character charIndex's contents is findThis then
           set word after word before character charIndex's no break to true
           set character charIndex's contents to space
       end if
   end repeat
end repeat

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