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From: "Cheri Casper" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] [BUG] Curly braces in GEDCOM import causes Genbox to create invalid RTF
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 16:29:55 -0800
In-Reply-To: <000d01c2e756$b25e8da0$6401a8c0@micronxp>

Tom - Thanks for the heads up. This is a big issue for former TMG users.
Curly braces were used to mark text sensitive and the braces did export from
TMG. I have been deleting them as I find them. CheriC

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Morris [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 2:45 PM
Subject: [GENBOX] [BUG] Curly braces in GEDCOM import causes Genbox to
create invalid RTF

Genbox was creating an RTF file that caused Microsoft Word to go into an
infinite loop (which it shouldn't do, but that's another story) and it
took me ages to figure out what was going on. Actually I gave up at one
point and just sent the files to Bill to let him figure it out, but I
*REALLY* wanted the report that I was trying to output, so I gave it
another go.

To make a long story short, if you have the character '}' in your GEDCOM
file when you import it, Genbox will generate invalid RTF when it goes
create a report. This is probably true for '{' as well. I had a note
which contained "[H.} some more text" as the result of a typo was only
displaying "[H." on the screen, but was outputting the entire string,
including the curly bracket which messed up the RTF because it has
special significance there.

You can find out whether you've got any of these characters in your
notes by searching for them using the Notes tab of the Search dialog.
Unfortunately, if there are any found you won't be able to see where
they are in the text. If you have the original text available to you
however, say in another genealogy program, and you delete the characters
in the right place in the Genbox display, the "invisible" curly braces
will magically get deleted.

You don't need to worry if you typed these characters in by hand,
because it looks like Genbox takes care of properly quoting them in that


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