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From: "Tom Morris" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] [BUG] Curly braces in GEDCOM import causes Genbox to create invalid RTF
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 11:44:23 -0500
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Actually, if you can see them, you *may* be OK. Mine were completely
invisible because they hadn't gone through the quoting process which is
apparently used when {} are entered in a text box from the GUI. No
guarantees, but it may be worth doing a couple of tests with output to
RTF before going through a lot of work to clean them up.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cheri Casper [mailto:]
> Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 7:30 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: [GENBOX] [BUG] Curly braces in GEDCOM import
> causes Genbox to create invalid RTF
> 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
> To:
> 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 case.
> Tom

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