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gedcom conventions 1 week 2 days ago #1

  • gerag
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I don't know if this topic has already been discussed here, but I realized that webtrees is using the prefix 'X' for all types of tokens. For example originally individuals have been named 'I<nn>' and media 'M<nn>'. When I export from webtrees I see that individuals are named like 'X<nn>' and Media also 'X<nn>'. When I ran by export file through a gedcom test programm it stated that it was erronous to use X for Individuals and X for Media.

My question is.
1. Is this a configurable option? (I haven't found any option to change it though, but it might be buried somewhere)
2. If not, what's the reason for deviating from the standard?

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George

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gedcom conventions 1 week 2 days ago #2

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Yes this has been discussed previously in several entries.

The bottom line is that the GEDCOM standard does not specify that the beginning value for an XREF must be a specific letter, for that matter it does not even have to be a letter.

It states: “The xref_ID is formed by any arbitrary combination of characters from the pointer_char set. The first character must be an alpha or a digit.”

Greg gave an explanation Here.
Ken

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