Disable Smart Quotes In Apache Open Office

July 27, 2013 at 17:14:09
Specs: Windows 8
How can I disable smart quotes so I can compile Java programs without unnecessary errors? I keep getting 8220 and 8221 illegal character errors.

I put " and " somewhere and the Java compiler sees it as special characters.

Thanks.


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#1
July 27, 2013 at 19:00:46
Have you tried a Google search on something like this?

disable smart quotes in apache open office

I got lots of hits on the issue, many from other forums with the word [Solved] in the subject line.

Whether those answers will apply to your specific situation, I can't say, but it's very possible.

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#2
July 27, 2013 at 19:30:58
Yes I googled all kinds of places and found nothing, that's why I consulted this site.

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#3
July 28, 2013 at 03:29:09
When you say you "found nothing" do you mean that you didn't see the [Solved] threads related to disabling the smart quotes or do you mean that none of the posted solutions work for you?

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#4
July 28, 2013 at 11:00:08
It means that nothing showed me how to disable the smart quotes.

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#6
July 31, 2013 at 09:54:49
This was the fix from SecTech (received on another thread):

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All I did was take out all of the programs I did out of Apache Openoffice and start all over again in Notepad this time - because I read somewhere that the smart quotes were causing the problems. I did not know how to turn them off so that is why I use Notepad.
It kept giving me illegal character problems. That seems to be gone now.
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#7
July 31, 2013 at 10:32:30
Thanks for copying that over, Derek.

I never did see a response related to the link I posted in Response #5.

That was a link to a thread on an OpenOffice forum entitled [Solved] Turning off Smart Quotes.

Seems to me that that's pretty much what SecTech asked about. I don't know if it would have solved his Java issue, but it seems to address the subject line of this thread.

Oh well...

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#8
July 31, 2013 at 11:29:30
DerbyDad03

This is the other thread:
http://www.computing.net/answers/of...

There is a Java issue continuing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
July 31, 2013 at 11:41:38
Yes, I am aware of that thread. I was trying to solve the OP's original issue since Java appeared to have been working but was choking on the Smart Quotes from OpenOffice.

It appears that once he starting coding in Notepad he abandoned this thread. Seems to me that if the thread I linked to solves his Smart Quote issue, he might be able to go back to using Open Office and his Java issue will go away (maybe).

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#10
July 31, 2013 at 23:35:39
SecTech...

She is using Notepad now. She/I think the problem lies where the " unicode " popup comes in. It seems to be putting special characters where they don't belong. I never asked for them, but they appeared in my code. I never had a problem like that in programming before.

I don't know which unicode option I should choose. I was never asked before. I guess I have to tweak that too.

Just new to Java. Thanks.


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