Certain report titles won't work directly to the word processor

Tip version: 26.1

Revision date: 13 May 2001

Software version: 5.2 and above

Tom Wright pointed out that there are certain report titles that will not work if you have Easytree v5.2 and above set to send the reports directly to your wordprocessor.

Easytree v5.2 and above forms it's "default" titles for reports in the form "Report NN, XXYY" where the NN is a sequential, incrementing number, and the XXYY initials depend upon the first characters of the given name and surnames of the individuals of the family card.

Normally this is not a problem, but if you happen to have used a "?" character to indicate an uncertain or unknown name, there is a problem.

This character is used as a wildcard in file operations in MS-DOS and Windows, so it is not "legal" to use it in a file name. Easytree makes a default file named according to the above scheme, when it is sending a report directly to a word processor. So if one of the names has the "?", then Easytree is trying to make an illegal file name and you have a problem.

There is an easy workaround for this. Set up Easytree to send the reports to an RTF File, not directly to the wordprocessor.

When you use this route, the program will open up a file save dialog, along with the proposed file name. If it has an illegal character (the "?"), you must change it at this point. This bug has been passed along to Sierra, along with a suggestion on a program fix.

I hadn't run into this one as I normally save my reports to files first, and I rarely am basing a report on a family card where there is an uncertain name. Thanks to Tom for pointing this one out.

Regards, Mike Hobart

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