SpecialChar

SpecialChar class

Base class for special characters in the document.

public class SpecialChar : Inline

Properties

Name Description
CustomNodeId { get; set; } Specifies custom node identifier.
virtual Document { get; } Gets the document to which this node belongs.
Font { get; } Provides access to the font formatting of this object.
virtual IsComposite { get; } Returns true if this node can contain other nodes.
IsDeleteRevision { get; } Returns true if this object was deleted in Microsoft Word while change tracking was enabled.
IsFormatRevision { get; } Returns true if formatting of the object was changed in Microsoft Word while change tracking was enabled.
IsInsertRevision { get; } Returns true if this object was inserted in Microsoft Word while change tracking was enabled.
IsMoveFromRevision { get; } Returns true if this object was moved (deleted) in Microsoft Word while change tracking was enabled.
IsMoveToRevision { get; } Returns true if this object was moved (inserted) in Microsoft Word while change tracking was enabled.
NextSibling { get; } Gets the node immediately following this node.
override NodeType { get; } Returns NodeType.SpecialChar.
ParentNode { get; } Gets the immediate parent of this node.
ParentParagraph { get; } Retrieves the parent Paragraph of this node.
PreviousSibling { get; } Gets the node immediately preceding this node.
Range { get; } Returns a Range object that represents the portion of a document that is contained in this node.

Methods

Name Description
override Accept(DocumentVisitor) Accepts a visitor.
Clone(bool) Creates a duplicate of the node.
GetAncestor(NodeType) Gets the first ancestor of the specified NodeType.
GetAncestor(Type) Gets the first ancestor of the specified object type.
override GetText() Gets the special character that this node represents.
NextPreOrder(Node) Gets next node according to the pre-order tree traversal algorithm.
PreviousPreOrder(Node) Gets the previous node according to the pre-order tree traversal algorithm.
Remove() Removes itself from the parent.
ToString(SaveFormat) Exports the content of the node into a string in the specified format.
ToString(SaveOptions) Exports the content of the node into a string using the specified save options.

Remarks

A Microsoft Word document can include a number of special characters that represent fields, form fields, shapes, OLE objects, footnotes etc. For the list of special characters see ControlChar.

SpecialChar is an inline-node and can only be a child of Paragraph.

SpecialChar char is used as a base class for more specific classes that represent special characters that Aspose.Words provides programmatic access for. The SpecialChar class is also used itself to represent special character for which Aspose.Words does not provide detailed programmatic access.

Examples

Shows how to use a DocumentVisitor implementation to remove all hidden content from a document.

{
    Document doc = new Document(MyDir + "Hidden content.docx");

    RemoveHiddenContentVisitor hiddenContentRemover = new RemoveHiddenContentVisitor();

    // Below are three types of fields which can accept a document visitor,
    // which will allow it to visit the accepting node, and then traverse its child nodes in a depth-first manner.
    // 1 -  Paragraph node:
    Paragraph para = (Paragraph) doc.GetChild(NodeType.Paragraph, 4, true);
    para.Accept(hiddenContentRemover);

    // 2 -  Table node:
    Table table = doc.FirstSection.Body.Tables[0];
    table.Accept(hiddenContentRemover);

    // 3 -  Document node:
    doc.Accept(hiddenContentRemover);

    doc.Save(ArtifactsDir + "Font.RemoveHiddenContentFromDocument.docx");

/// <summary>
/// Removes all visited nodes marked as "hidden content".
/// </summary>
public class RemoveHiddenContentVisitor : DocumentVisitor
{
    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a FieldStart node is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitFieldStart(FieldStart fieldStart)
    {
        if (fieldStart.Font.Hidden)
            fieldStart.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a FieldEnd node is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitFieldEnd(FieldEnd fieldEnd)
    {
        if (fieldEnd.Font.Hidden)
            fieldEnd.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a FieldSeparator node is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitFieldSeparator(FieldSeparator fieldSeparator)
    {
        if (fieldSeparator.Font.Hidden)
            fieldSeparator.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a Run node is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitRun(Run run)
    {
        if (run.Font.Hidden)
            run.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a Paragraph node is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitParagraphStart(Paragraph paragraph)
    {
        if (paragraph.ParagraphBreakFont.Hidden)
            paragraph.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a FormField is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitFormField(FormField formField)
    {
        if (formField.Font.Hidden)
            formField.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a GroupShape is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitGroupShapeStart(GroupShape groupShape)
    {
        if (groupShape.Font.Hidden)
            groupShape.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a Shape is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitShapeStart(Shape shape)
    {
        if (shape.Font.Hidden)
            shape.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a Comment is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitCommentStart(Comment comment)
    {
        if (comment.Font.Hidden)
            comment.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a Footnote is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitFootnoteStart(Footnote footnote)
    {
        if (footnote.Font.Hidden)
            footnote.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when a SpecialCharacter is encountered in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitSpecialChar(SpecialChar specialChar)
    {
        if (specialChar.Font.Hidden)
            specialChar.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when visiting of a Table node is ended in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitTableEnd(Table table)
    {
        // The content inside table cells may have the hidden content flag, but the tables themselves cannot.
        // If this table had nothing but hidden content, this visitor would have removed all of it,
        // and there would be no child nodes left.
        // Thus, we can also treat the table itself as hidden content and remove it.
        // Tables which are empty but do not have hidden content will have cells with empty paragraphs inside,
        // which this visitor will not remove.
        if (!table.HasChildNodes)
            table.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when visiting of a Cell node is ended in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitCellEnd(Cell cell)
    {
        if (!cell.HasChildNodes && cell.ParentNode != null)
            cell.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Called when visiting of a Row node is ended in the document.
    /// </summary>
    public override VisitorAction VisitRowEnd(Row row)
    {
        if (!row.HasChildNodes && row.ParentNode != null)
            row.Remove();

        return VisitorAction.Continue;
    }
}

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