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From: "James P. Colgate" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] TMG 5.04 question: Changing sentence structure
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 16:19:32 -0500
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Hello Ed,

First, please be sure to change your email program settings, as I almost
sent this email directly to you instead of to the entire list. It has
something to do with "reply to" settings.

Regarding your question, as far as I know, when you change the default
sentence structure for a tag, for instance your default marriage tag
sentence in the tag type definition screen, then all existing marriage tags
will get that new structure, with one BIG exception.

If for a particular person's tag, for example, the tag for John Smith's
marriage to June Merritt, you had already modified the sentence in the tag
entry screen, then what you've done in essence is to create a special,
custom sentence applicable only to the Smith-Merritt marriage tag. TMG will
presume this is intentional (not that a computer can presume, but you get my
drift), and TMG will not override this special, custom Smith-Merritt
sentence when you later change the default marriage tag's sentence
structure. Like you said, there are good reasons for this.

But now you want your Smith-Merritt tag to get the default structure. The
only way to do this that I know of, is to go to the Tag Entry screen for
this particular marriage, and then delete the entire contents of the
sentence. After you do this, then the Smith-Merritt marriage goes back to
whatever the default sentence structure is.

If there's another way to do this, perhaps someone else can chime in, as I'd
love to know.

Hope this is helpful,

James Colgate

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward J. Toy" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 2:57 PM
Subject: [TMG] TMG 5.04 question: Changing sentence structure

> I have been fiddling with various sentence options in TMG.
> I have created a custom tag (Marriage Detailed), defined
> a sentence structure for it, and I have changed a
> default Marriage tag to the new Marriage Detailed tag type.
> I made some modifications to the sentence structure in the
> specific instance of the Marriage Detailed tag. I then
> updated the sentence structure globally for the tag
> to a different format (via Tools->Master Tag Type).
> After editing the global tag I did not see the change
> reflected in the local instance of the tag. It looks
> like once you edit a tag sentence structure the global
> tag definition does not change local instances of the
> tag that have been edited (I can see a good reason for
> the program to operate this way for local vs globally
> scoped changes).
> As I am ramping up on how I would like to format my output
> I would like to force the new global definition for a given
> tag to all the local instances of the tag. Is there a
> method for propagating global changes to tag structures to
> all current instances of the given tag?
> Thanks in advance from another newcomer to TMG.
> Regards,
> Ed Toy
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