Issues with CriticMarkup in Chinese

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07 Dec, 2017 01:39 PM

Dear MultiMarkdown Composer Support,

I am an editor of some Chinese magazine. When doing the proof-reading today, I decided to have a go with MMC's CriticMarkup. However, after I activated Track Changes and started typing in Chinese, the feature failed me. Instead of working and indicating the changes I made, it showed some red bracket where I could type nothing.

Please see the attached screencast for details.

I use Squirrel as the input method for Chinese.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 08 Dec, 2017 12:44 AM

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    It looks like Squirrel is modifying the existing characters as you type
    instead of inserting new ones. This will cause unexpected results with
    Change Tracking since each keystroke is replacing a character, rather
    than inserting one:


    You can manually use the CriticMarkup syntax by simply typing the
    markers (you can automate this with the text expansion or key bindings
    to make it easier):

    Once you get the basic CriticMarkup inserted (even with Change
    Tracking), you *can* edit inside them even with unusual behavior:

    This is {++added++}

    (Once you have this, you can do whatever you want inside the `{++....++}`.

    In this case you could type an ASCII letter (e.g. `A`) to trigger an
    addition, and then modify the addition to use the desired Chinese

    Deletion should work normally as expected.

    Substition should work, but you might want to start by replacing the old
    text with an ASCII letter first, and then typing the Chinese characters
    inside the substitution.


  2. Fletcher closed this discussion on 09 Jan, 2018 02:39 PM.

  3. Fletcher re-opened this discussion on 26 Jan, 2018 01:15 AM

  4. Support Staff 2 Posted by Fletcher on 26 Jan, 2018 01:15 AM

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    UPDATE: Another user found a separate issue with Japanese character entry using the built-in mechanism to add them. In fixing that, I went back and looked into the compatibility with change tracking.

    I think the fix I used there should help with the trouble you are having as well, though I can't promise it. It will be in the next release, hopefully in the next week or so.



  5. 3 Posted by alex on 26 Jan, 2018 07:01 AM

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    Wow, thanks for keeping me posted on this issue.


  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by Fletcher on 26 Jan, 2018 03:32 PM

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    Of course -- I remembered you had mentioned something similar, and I did
    not have a good way to replicate or to fix it for you.

    Interestingly, the issue only occurred with CJK multibyte characters,
    not when typing `ü` for example.

    In any case, it seems that the new version is very usable, but not quite
    "perfect." I'll continue to work on it as I get feedback on real world

    Thanks again!


  7. 5 Posted by alex on 07 Feb, 2018 11:21 AM

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    Hi Fletcher,

    Please note Version 4.3 has fixed the issue.

    Thanks and keep up with the good work!


  8. Support Staff 6 Posted by Fletcher on 07 Feb, 2018 12:08 PM

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    Sent from my iPhone

  9. Fletcher closed this discussion on 08 Feb, 2018 02:34 AM.

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