Unexpected quote mark or inch mark in Links?

If you are seeing an unexpected quote mark or inch mark at the beginning or end of a DesignMerge Text Link when you merge a document, then your database file is using that quote mark as a Text Qualifier. 


To keep these quote marks from being displayed when you merge the document, simply change the Text Qualifier setting in the document's Database Definition (DDF) to the appropriate quote mark (single quote mark or double quote mark).


To do so, please follow these steps:


1) Select DesignMerge > Setup > Data Source Definitions



2) Click the Edit button





3) Use the dropdown menu next to Field Delimiter character and select the quote (') or double-quote (") character to match the character you are seeing in your document.



4) Click OK to close the window, and click OK again to close the DDF window and save the changes to your settings.


Then, the next time you merge the Links, DesignMerge will hide these quote marks that are bracketing field data in your database text file.


TIP: If you would like to confirm whether your database text file is using a quote mark as a Text Qualifier, do the following:

  • Open the database text file in a plain text editor, such as BBEdit, TextEdit or Notepad (other types of applications, such as Microsoft Excel, automatically hide Text Qualifier characters). 

  • Then, search for a double quote mark. If you do not see any double quote marks bracketing field data, search for a single quote mark. You will be able to detect easily whether a quote mark is bracketing any field data. 

  • Once you have finished examining the database file, close the file without saving any changes to it.

For more information, see Tutorial #1a (The Basics) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder on your system.