Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Yes. I mean use the string in quotes, which uses the fi ligature from Alphabetic Presentation forms.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Find next from the toolbar finds the next occurence. The Search command finds 382 entries. I am using the latest version. Check for updates if you're not.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Build 38 is not even announced yet — it must be very new. I just updated.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:The ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl, ligatures are in the Unicode character set called Alphabetic Presentation Forms.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Your document contains a mixture of "ﬁ" ligatures (382) and "f i" as two separate characters (1015 occurences). The monospaced font uses "f i" while the proportional font uses the ligatures. However, no ligatures are used for example in the word "effect" which occurs many times.
Adobe Reader 7.1 finds the total less 12 (1385 occurences) almost instantly here. I'm not sure why it is missing those 12. It also finds 1385 occurences if I search for "ﬁrst" with the ligature, i.e. it ignores the distinction, which is less useful in my opinion, though I can see the other POV too. Joe Blogs doesn't care whether ligatures are used or not — he just wants to find what he's looking for.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:If you use an OpenType font, the text string will be separate letters f·i·r·s·t but any f·i pairs will be replaced with ligatures. That's why spell-check doesn't fail when using OpenType fonts, but it does if you're inserting the Alphabetic Presentation Forms into your document.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I'm glad to hear that this will be fixed sometime.
I suggest that a search for a string containing regular text should find words with regular text and words with ligatures, but a search for a string containing ligatures should find only ligatures.
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