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From: Lee Hoffman <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Order of GEDCOM information
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 12:27:38 -0400
Wayne Dreier wrote:
>On Saturday, July 13, 2002, at 02:47 AM, Wade Oram wrote:
>>When no date information is present, then - much as when entering
>>information manually - the receiving program is likely to present the
>>tags in the order found in the GEDCOM file. No date information is
>>available to utilise for sorting. When manually entering information,
>>even in TMG, the events are likely to be presented in the order in which
>>they are entered *unless* some structured information is entered upon
>>which the events can be sorted. In TMG this takes the form of the *sort
>>date*. However, the sort date is not - and can not - be exported to
>>GEDCOM - at least not in any form that the receiving program can assign
>>any special significance to.
>In my situation, TMG is not using the date of marriage to place the items
>in the GEDCOM file. All four of the marriages have valid dates and I can
>consistently duplicate the result of having 1, 4, 2 and 3 wives in that
>order no matter what I adjust in the TMG options.
>So I'm back to my original question, what does TMG use to order the
>information IT places in the GEDCOM file. It is not the receiving program.
TMG does not use anything to order information in GEDCOM files. There is
no significance in GEDCOM file information sequence by definition in the
GEDCOM specs. If some program seems to attach any significance to a
GEDCOM file sequence, it is either by accident or the GEDCOM specs specs
have been mis-interpreted (not unusual).
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