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Ok so every time I go to make a macro for <br /> I wind up getting special characters because of the shift button and such

this is what I wind up getting when I run the macro after just plainly typing <br />

<ûbrû />û
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And your question? – rightfold Feb 9 '11 at 0:12
    
What is the macro supposed to do? – systemovich Feb 15 '11 at 21:53

This is a bug which is fixed in 5.8.2. Time to upgrade!

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Release information – Daniel Beck Mar 16 '11 at 19:20
    
@Daniel, thanks a lot. much appreciated... – Sam Holder Mar 16 '11 at 19:23

From just looking at your output it looks like your macro was recorded using a multi-byte character set and the current document you're running it does not support multi-byte characters. Try switching your current document format to UTF-8.

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