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Adobe® InDesign® CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts by Michael Murphy

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Chapter 3. Automatic Styling with GREP

WHEN GREP WAS ADDED to Find/Change in InDesign CS3, an unprecedented level of text processing and manipulation became part of the application. In CS4, that power can now be built directly into a paragraph with GREP styles.

GREP (General Regular Expression Parser) is a means of describing text—or patterns and conditions within text—and it need not include one word or character of actual text. GREP’s origins are in computer programming, a world that most designers find cryptic and off-putting. But GREP is not as formidable as it may initially seem, and once you understand its potential, any resistance you may have toward learning it will rapidly disappear.

GREP has historically been used for powerful search-and-replace ...

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