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From: Chris Moss <>
Subject: Re: Semi-colon
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 23:05:49 +0000
At 19:34 +0000 12/12/04, peter.lingard wrote:
>Thanks for the response Chris.
>I can confirm that I am certain that what is there is a semi- colon
>and this is agreed by my syndicate leader. I should have said that
>the page number in question is 059.
The reason that WinBMD won't accept a semi-colon here is that
SpeedBMD (and MacBMD) used a semi-colon to enter district and volume
sub-fields to avoid confusion with the comma and there would be
confusion if semi-colon was allowed as data. Presumably the system
won't accept it for a similar reason. (Even now, WinBMD's picklist
gets confused if you type a comma in the District field.)
>For the time being at least I've used a * (wild card) on my uploaded
>file to indicate that there is something there but I suspect that
>I'm just passing the problem on to someone else.
If it's only one character you should use _.
Let them worry about it! You don't need to.