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How do we prevent Madcap Flare from injecting non-breaking spaces in our documentation?

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We use Madcap Flare for our documentation, and it has an annoying property: if you happen to have the shift key down when you type a space, it inserts a non-breaking space (&#160;). Our documentation covers SQL, so things like CREATE TABLE are common and too often come out as CREATE&#160;TABLE. Not only does that mess up our page formatting sometimes (wide table sells, ugly line-wrap, etc), but there have been times when we've had to search the source for something and we've missed cases because of this.

I found the keyboard shortcuts in the settings and changed the global key binding for non-breaking space to something else that I won't type by accident, but it didn't help.

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I searched Flare's forums and didn't find an answer there. We'd rather prevent Flare from inserting these than write post-processing scripts to remove them. Can we?

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It turns out that "Global" doesn't mean global in Flare. We haven't figured out what it actually means, but to fix this you have to select "XML Editor" from the drop-down menu shown in the screen shot and then change it there.

I changed it in both to be safe, and our team is no longer getting unwanted non-breaking spaces.

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