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  1. MPL double exclusion

    Jim said: "I don't advocate displaying double-excluded data in the MPL..." Well, I do! or at least an option to do so. Simply including a marker that indicates there is "some" excluded data in this field without displaying the data is not helpful to me. And what about it being ignored for the sort? "The design rule has always been that double-excluded data only show on the edit screens -- Tag Entry and Edit Place." I would claim that screens, such as the MPL, that are only viewable within TMG by the database owner should have some ability, perhaps a Preferences option, to show single and double excluded, and sensitive data. Actually, for the way I am using Place fields I would personally not need this if Place Styles provided a method similar to Name Styles to specify multiple output templates, so long as I could have a different template for the Person/Family/Tree View from the report output template (which Name Styles do not currently permit). So, thanks Jim, you did answer my specific question. Yes, it is by design. Well, shucks.
  2. List of Sources

    Another option you might consider is to use what is often called a "pseudo" person. This is a person that is really just a dummy entry to be used for various purposes with some kind of dummy name to make it clear it is not a "real" person. You could create such a person, then enter one or more tags (e.g. Note) and create one dummy citation to the tag for every one of your sources. Multiple tags give you the opportunity to group your citations, and perhaps add something meaningful to either the tag memo or the citation detail. Now an Individual Narrative report for just this one pseudo person, with the options set to print a Bibliography, will print all your sources. It is a bit of a chore to set up to begin with, but might do what you want. Hope this gives you an idea.
  3. Sentence Structure

    You are most welcome. Glad to be able to provide an idea that helps.
  4. Sentence Structure

    The construct is already an "if" command which can be used for what you want. If you use [P] and this is the first variable in the TMG sentence, an appropriate pronoun is used for all sentences after the first within that same person’s text narrative grouping unless this substitution is suppressed by the ’+’. However, rather than relying on this automated behavior for [P] I can think of a way to 'force' the sentence to He/She, but you will need to do this to the global Tag Type Definition for that tag, not for a single instantiation of a tag. For a custom tag, say Settlers, in the Tag Type Definition on the Roles and Sentences tab, select the role Principal. You will see two possible sentence structures, one for Male and one for Female. Try these two sentences: In Male: that founded [L] In Female: that founded [L] The key is that the construct uses “part1” when there is one Principal and “part2” when there are two Principals assigned to this tag even if there are no sentence variables like [P] or [PO] inside the conditional construct. A very nice feature.
  5. Multiple Memo Attempted Usage

    Well, I am one that likes to find ways to customize TMG, but I think you are fighting a losing battle with the inherent design of TMG. First, the [CD] and [CM] variables cannot be included in a bibliography template, only in the full or short footnote templates. The TMG design seems to favor multiple entries in the Master Source List. TMG is designed to collapse the bibliographic output from multiple sources in the Master Source List to a single bibliography entry if the resultant template for each of such multiple source would produce identical text. You can customize the TMG templates and the resulting footnote and bibligraphy ouput quite a bit, but this is usually at the expense of the Master Source List (which only you can see) being larger than you would prefer. I think you have to pick one or the other: limiting the number of entries in the internal TMG Master Source List, or limiting/structuring the source output. Personally, I care more about how the output looks, and am quite willing to live with whatever the internal lists need to be to accomplish that.
  6. Source details

    Alan, Welcome to TMG. In my experience one of the greatest aspects TMG is its great flexibilty and multiple ways to customize it to do similar things. You don't have to get "clever" and use its many advanced features, but they might come in handy sometimes. As you are just beginning, much of the following may be more than you want to tackle right now, but you may be interested in having an idea of how TMG can be used in more unusual ways. My preference is to include transcriptions of portions of the source directly within TMG as exhibits. There is currently no way in TMG to print internal (or external) text exhibits attached to sources, but exhibits attached to tags can print. Alternatives to link a transcription to a source that is entered as an exhibit (especially as an external exhibit) are a) as an embedded citation to that source in the caption field, as a custom tag (e.g. “Exhibit”) with a citation to the source, or c) as a exhibit on a tag linked to a pseudo Source person. To print exhibits, the report output must be to a file or printer, and must specify under the Exhibits Tab to print “images”. My sentences for tags that expect attached exhibits assume that the printing options for narratives that want to print these exhibits will be set to Embedded, and will Include internal and Include events. I choose to create Source pseudo “people” as I use them for tracking, transcriptions, and recording other information about the source. Not all sources in my Master Source List will also have a corresponding Source pseudo "person". I use my Source abbreviation as the Given name, and the Repository abbreviation as the Surname. I use a custom Created tag I defined in the “Birth” group with Role “Source” to record the publication date and location, and cite the source to this one tag with CD “source pseudo person (ID#) created” for clear linkage on any List of Citations. Then one or more custom Transcript tags I defined in the "Other" group are linked to this Source Person with the Role “Extract” to attach transcriptions as an exhibit. The advantage of a separate custom tag is that I can choose whether it is included in various reports. Normally P1 is my source pseudo person for the custom Transcript tag and is assigned the role “Extract”, and all other people associated with this portion of the source are linked as witnesses using the role “mentioned”. I extensively use split memos in my sentences. M1 duplicates the CD from the source citation, M2 is the topic covered by the extract or the nature of the transcription (e.g. details of the wedding ceremony), and M3 is the transcriber. WM1 is how this one person is mentioned, WM2 is the quote or a paraphrase about this person in the extract, and WM3 is a comment unique to this witness. This method allows multiple Transcript tags linked to a single source person, each focusing on a particular topic or portion of the source with its set of people as witnesses, and the citation detail of each tag referencing the specific location of this portion of the source for this transcription. My sentences for this custom tag are: For a Principal assigned the role Extract: [:CR:][:CR:][bOLD:]Extract[:BOLD] transcribed For a Witness assigned the role mentioned: [W] is mentioned in an extract of ([P1G]). Thanks to the flexibility of roles, I also use this custom tag without the Source pseudo person if the transcription only referred to one Principal, and the data that would have been put in the Witness memo is put in the main memo with the sentence: [P] is mentioned in an extract of M1. Hope this give you ideas,
  7. 'Born' when it should be 'Christened'

    You seem to want Birth and Christening data to be separate. One way (there are probably others) would be to create a custom tag in the Other group, possibly named "ChrisOther", and put your Christening information in that tag. You might still create a Birth tag, possibly without a date or place, but having this custom tag in a different group would prevent its dates or locations from being grouped with Birth events. With TMG instead of asking why the default behavior is a particular way, I ask whether I can customize it to do it MY way. Usually the answer is yes.
  8. Filing Cabinets and TMG

    Well said, Laura. Your paper filing system should be obvious to you and anyone else that does (or may have to) use it. And isn't it nice that TMG provides an easy way to link the TMG source to your filing system with the Repository Reference field on the Source Attachments tag. However, I would share a lesson learned from my mother's files that I obtained upon her death. Due to the need for other siblings to deal with her effects, I received her data shipped in boxes and removed from her folders and binders. I would urge people, whatever the paper filing system they use, to write something on the document to reflect your filing and sorting. Getting a nice TMG printout, with "Drawer 4" or "Martin Binder" as the Repository Reference may not be enough to find it if you have not also written that on the paper copy, as the copy may no longer be in that drawer or binder. Of course, TMG also can produce a complete bibliography as a list of sources in a particular repository, which I make a point of printing out regularly and including in my file cabinet to let others know where an item can be found. So TMG helps me utilize the organizational structure I have for my paper files. Michael
  9. PDA Devices

    I second the comments about the two opinions. I would also suggest that the software packages to display your TMG database might not be that important if you are willing to have your TMG data as read-only on your handheld. I prefer to use SecondSite to create web pages of my data, then download the webpages to the handheld using whatever program is appropriate to that OS (e.g. iSilo). I find the convenience of the hypertext links in the web pages to be very convenient, and with the options of SecondSite I can create a set of web pages on the fly before heading off to the library that focuses on the research of the day. I then just take notes from the research and use TMG back home to do the real data entry. Michael
  10. Sort order for undated tags in reports

    Yep, like Terry just said, the option checked in preferences for where undated tags sort works ONLY for the Person View, and does NOT affect reports. This is why I always set that option to sort first, as that is the way they will show in reports. This helps to remind me that if I want them to apper in some other order I need to add a Sort Date to those tags. If you have lots of tags that have no Sort Dates and you want them to sort in a particular order, one way to force a sort date on tags to ensure that tag sort by the TYPE of tag would be using TMG Utility. See its feature of "set sort dates", but carefully read its help file that explains what it will and will not do. This utility does NOT have an option to force all undated tags to sort last. Michael
  11. Filing Cabinets and TMG

    My wife the Librarian agrees with the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) principle. Especially with TMG as your tool for searching for documents, a system that simply numbers all the documents in a sequencial order, usually called the accession number, seems easy. I then use assign the Source to a Repository called "my files" or something similar, and use the Repository Reference field on the Source Attachments tag when I link that Repository to enter the accession number of that source. However, this does not help with a system to group like physical documents together in your file cabinet. You could choose some physical grouping system, maybe surname. or year of publication of the source, etc. then have sequential accession numbers within that grouping, e.g. SMITH-104. Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  12. I agree that there should be an option to completely eliminate this sentence. And echoing Donald Schulteis' comment about the two phases of a project, for the "gatherine facts" phase I feel a sentence like "no children separately entered in this database" would at least be more accurate.
  13. Ver. 6.09 Unused Person ID's

    I agree that there should be an option to completely eliminate this sentence. And echoing Donald Schulteis' comment about the two phases of a project, for the "gatherine facts" phase I feel a sentence like "no children separately entered in this database" would at least be more accurate. Oops! posted to the wrong thread. Please ignore.
  14. I have been struggling in Version 6.08 with sentence constructions that contain the location variable plus optional variables following the location variable before a period, then more variables after theperiod. I believe there might be a small bug in the way the punctuation is automatically constructed. It appears that whenever a) there is not an explicit period immediately following the [L] variable in the sentence construction, and there is an optional variable following the [L] variable but that optional variable is empty, and c) there is an explicit period following this optional variable, and d) there is yet more to the sentence, such as another non-empty optional variable, then a comma following the Location variable but immediately preceding the explicit period which follows the empty variable is not stripped. The simplest test I have come up with is a tag with sentences: [P] was tested . [W] witnessed testing [P] . M1=xx, M2=yy, WM=zz, (all variables exist) is OKAY producing "P was tested location, xx. yy." "W witnessed testing P location, xx. zz." M1=xx, M2=, WM=zz, is also OKAY producing "P was tested location, xx." "W witnessed testing P location, xx. zz." BUT M1=, M2=yy, WM=zz, produces ending comma-period in both "P was tested location,. yy." "W witnessed testing P location,. zz." M1=, M2=, WM=zz, strips the comma in the Principal sentence but leaves the ending comma-period in Witness "P was tested location." "W witnessed testing P location,. zz." Since the sentences produce correct punctuation for all conditions of the presence or absence of the optional variables when the location field is empty, the extra comma is clearly coming from the location field. I understand that this is an intentionally convoluted case, but the even simpler case where you just want your memo as part of the end of the sentence like: [P] was tested [W] witnessed testing [P] . when the memo is empty produces an appropriate principal sentence, but the witness sentence has the comma-period. Note that the following strips the comma and produces the expected punctuation no matter what variables exist: [P] was tested . [W] witnessed testing [P] . In this case the program seems to detect that a period follows the Location variable and strips the comma correctly. Since there are cases where the trailing comma from the Location field are stripped, I presume the cases where the comma-period pair is produced are bugs? Or is this wierd case too hard to detect for stripping? Seems like the code should construct the sentence then ask something like "Is the next non-blank character following the location field a punctuation character? If so, strip the trailing comma from Location."
  15. State Column not showing in MPL

    Happy to help. There are just so many great features in TMG that it is easy to forget how it tries to "help" by remembering your personal configurations. Glad your problem is solved.
  16. State Column not showing in MPL

    Hello Afina, Not sure if this is the problem, but.... It is possible to change the widths of a column in the MPL. In fact you can shrink the width so that it appears it does not exits. Try putting your cursor in the column headings at the left side of the Country column until it turns into a vertical bar with arrows. Then hold down your left mouse button and drag to the right and see if the State colum reappears. Now when you close the MPL it will "remember" the column sizes you wanted the next time it opens, which is possibly why you now see it and then it goes away.
  17. Homepage breaks pretty badly in Firefox

    Also the latest version (1.5.0.2) fixes a number of security problems since your version of 1.0.7 that I would highly suggest updating.
  18. Wishlist-Copy Tag

    Me too!
  19. Restore problems with 6.08

    On the TMG-L listserv there are reports that it makes a difference HOW you did your backup. Can you specify whether you made the backup while being prompted to do so as you exit? or explicitly while in TMG using the Backup option in the File menu. Some users have reported problems with backups produced using the first method, while the second seems to be reliable.
  20. PDA + TMG - better research

    Wow! That would be quite a pair of programs. I use a Palm OS T3, so my first program is GedStar Pro, which I like, although TMG needs to update their GenBridge utility so that it can make use of some of the new Version 6 features. As for the second, I have SmartList ToGo. I have not tried it, but believe you could run some kind of TMG List of People report or Export of a Focus Group to produce a field separated file which could be imported into SLTG. That would allow easy records that were modifiable, but importing back into TMG would be a trick. If you figure this out. let us know.
  21. RTF report aborts TMG 6.07

    Virginia B., one of the major users, reproduced my error, but then suggested that I reset the report configuration (using the Delete button under the configuration name). This does seem to clear up the generation of this error. However, while I can now proceed with my work, hopefully providing one easy method that can cause TMG to crash will help the developers fix TMG so that when it does have an error it does not actually crash.
  22. How do you do a "global search"?

    I am aware of two ways that I use to "globally" search for various items in my database: the Project Explorer and its filter capability, and filters on various reports. For your searching of memos, I would do a List of Events report with a filter. I would probably limit my search to certain tag types and use something like: Tag Type Group is Birth AND Memo contains gobbledegook END Hope this helps
  23. I first reported these in TMG 6.04 but since then there are THREE new updates to fix bugs (THANKS, Bob, we all appreciate the hard work to produce these fixes!). However, my bugs with problems with Citation Memos and Exhibit text (two different bugs?) in the Individual Narrative report are still manifest in Version 6.07. I am posting this to both the Forum and the TMGL mailing list. As a comment to a recent posting, I am very pleased with the stability and status of v6.07, and these bugs are very obscure. As an aid to finding and fixing such obscure bugs, I have identified small changes that can be made to the standard TMG SAMPLE project that will reproduce these bugs. Bug one. Under some cases two citations are printed as Ibid without printing the Citation Memos even though the Citation Memos are specified to print and (only) the Citation Memos differ between the two citations. In some cases when "Combine consecutive footnotes/endnotes" on the Source tab for the Report Options is selected, the entire Full Footnote with memo is duplicated inside the same combinded citation. Bug two. When an Exhibit of internal text exists for an event tag, and event exhibits are selected to print as endnotes, and "Combine consecutive footnotes/endnotes" on the Source tab for the Report Options is selected, either the rest of the Narrative from that point is printed as part of the footnote/endnote for the event Exhibit text, or construction of the entire Report file aborts. Even if the file is produced, Word will abort with mouseover the citation. In some cases the Exhibit (and the event citation) prints with the footnote for the event memo even though both are specified to be endnotes (this last may be by design, although I believe a Sources option should not change where the Exhibit has been specified to print). ============== To reproduce these bugs starting with the TMG SAMPLE project: Copy SAMPLE project to separate folder so you can safely make changes. Open project to the default person: Annie Eliza Alexander. Open the Master Source List and open source #1 "Alexander/Keebler Bible" and select the Output Form tag, noting that both Full and Short Footnote are overwritten already. Add "" (without the quotes) after [M1] in the Full and before the final period in the Short footnote. Double click on the primary Name tag and add a citation detail to source #1 of "Citation detail" and a citation memo of "Name memo". Double click on Father tag and add the same citation detail to source #1 of "Citation detail" but a citation memo of "Father memo". Double click on Mother tag and add the same citation detail to source #1 of "Citation detail" and a citation memo of "Mother memo". Double click on the primary Birth tag and add the same citation detail to source #1 of "Citation detail" and a citation memo of "Birth memo". Double click on the primary Marriage tag and add an internal text exhibit to this event tag with text of "Marriage exhibit text" Add a new default Associatn tag, but change the sentence for Principal to add "" (without the quotes) after "associated", give it a date of 1880. Add person #1 and person #2 as witnesses. Add a citation of source #6 with citation detail of "census detail" and citation memo of "census memo" and put surety of 2 for both 1&2. Add an internal text exhibit to this event tag with text of "Census exhibit text". Add a new default Anecdote tag, with memo "Anecdote memo", no citation, date of 1890, and add an internal text exhibit to this event tag with text of "Anecdote exhibit text" Select report for Individual Narrative. Leave Subject set to this one person. Set Print to: a File of type RTF, and choose a file name. For Options, leave all as default, except: Memos not included in the sentence are Footnotes selecting name, relationship or witnessed. Exhibits are endnotes selecting internal, external, copy, reference, center, with caption, and event, with primary image. Publication Tools Bibliography selected but not Table of Contents. For source options, always have the following options set for all the variations tried below: do not supress CD, do not show surety, do not show excluded citations, include Name source, include Relationship sources. Now try all the variations on the source options remaining: Bug-Endnotes, but not unique, do not disable ibid, do not combine: Citation memo for Name and Birth print, but Mother and Father are Ibid with citation detail but no memo (I believe the differing memos should either print or prevent Ibid) Exhibits are separate endnotes embedded with the citations Good-Endnotes, but not unique, disable ibid, do not combine: All memos print Exhibits are separate endnotes embedded with the citations Good-Endnotes, unique, disable ibid, do not combine: All memos print Exhibits are endnotes, separate and following the citations Good-Endnotes, unique, do not disable ibid, do not combine: All memos print, and Mother and Father are not ibid, (but?) are Full (I assume that unique recognizes the differing memos and prevents ibid, but it also prevents short footnote?) Exhibits are endnotes, separate and following the citations Bug-Endnotes, but not unique, combine: All memos print in the combined endnote citation and the Source Supplement M1 memo prints only once in this citation The Associatn exhibit text is combined with the census citation endnote but should? be printing as an endnote The rest of the Narration paragraph appears in this Endnote following the text "[:MEMO] with the subsequent endnotes embedded in this one endnote. The "mouseover" of the superscript in the Narrative text shows that the citation and all the remaining Narrative text is considered this endnote [when the file is output to "Word for Windows 2000 or later" this mouseover produces a fatal error in Word] [alternative test: remove the Associatn exhibit. The citation to the marriage is appended to the Marriage tag memo as part of its footnote as is its Exhibit text, where both should? be endnotes. This may be by design and my misunderstanding. Remaining exhibit is separate endnote embedded with the citations] Bug-Endnotes, unique, combine: Conversion error # 13: Source file discrepancy. A file is created but is Zero length [alternative test: remove the Associatn exhibit. Source #1 Supplement M1 memo prints three times!! in its combined citation. The citation to the marriage is appended to the Marriage tag memo as part of its footnote as is its Exhibit text, where both should? be endnotes. This may be by design and my misunderstanding. Remaining exhibit is separate endnote embedded with the citations] Bug-Footnotes, do not disable ibid, do not combine: Citation memo for Name and Birth print, but Mother and Father are Ibid with citation detail but no memo (I believe the differing memos should either print or prevent ibid) The exhibits print after the Bibliography, but have no separating Endnotes title heading, which I believe should exist Bug-Footnotes, disable ibid, do not combine: All memos print The exhibits print after the Bibliography,but have no separating Endnotes title heading, which I believe should exist Bug-Footnotes, combine: All memos print in the combined footnote citation and the Source Supplement M1 memo prints only once in this citation The Associatn exhibit text is combined with the census citation footnote but should? be printing as an endnote The rest of the Narration paragraph appears in the Endnote following the text "[:MEMO] with the subsequent endnotes embedded in this one endnote. The "mouseover" of the superscript in the Narrative text shows that the citation and all the remaining Narrative text is considered this endnote [when the file is output to "Word for Windows 2000 or later" this mouseover produces a fatal error in Word] [alternative test: remove the Associatn exhibit. The Exhibit text prints as part of the Marriage citation footnote, where it should? be an endnote. The remaining exhibit prints after the Bibliography, but has no separating Endnotes title heading, which I believe should exist]
  24. Obscure IN bugs still in Version 6.07

    For this thread I tried both RTF and Word output just to test more than one output to see if that was the cause of this small bug. However, I agree with you on your comments supporting using RTF. I choose to output my final reports in RTF as I then import them to FrameMaker for final formatting, which is the software I much prefer as a full-featured and robust document creation tool.
  25. Obscure IN bugs still in Version 6.07

    John, Thanks for looking in to this obscure situation. As Jim has noted, there is a small and obscure bug, but I can choose options that work around it. Yes, I do see superscripted footnote numbers in Word. I have not experimented with whether having italics makes a difference. Do you mean using the [iTAL:][:ITAL] code in TMG in the citation or source data might make a difference? I will have to experiment with this when I am off for the holidays. Michael
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