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From: Elizabeth Churchett <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Pesky space after [L]
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2004 21:24:30 -0500
References: <001201c41d70$1fe524b0$6401a8c0@pollyh> <40757B46.firstname.lastname@example.org> <00c001c41dd8$f9065620$6701a8c0@hpp900>
William M Roberts wrote:
>If you have conditional variables adjecent to each other, like the "D", "L"
>and "M2" variables in your sentence structure,
>"[P] attended <[M1]> <[D]><[L]><. [M2]>" TMG will put a space between them.
>If you place a space between the ">" and "<" operators, it is outside of the
>conditional variable and if the variables do not exist you may wind up with
>several spaces before the next variable prints. (I think TMG also accounts
>for this and deletes the extra spaces for you).
>How would you like the date and location in your example to not have a space
>because you have done the same thing there?
What I am having trouble with is the seeming lack of consistency, which
is difficult to deal with, and also the lack of documentation within TMG
about how these things work. I can plan for whether some variables are
populated and some are not as long as I know what the behavior is, but
when one thing happens if conditional brackets are present and another
if they are not, that is tough. Particularly when I definitely want the
conditional brackets there.
>"Elizabeth Churchett" wrote on Thursday, April 08, 2004 12:18 PM
>Subject: Re: [TMG] Pesky space after [L]
>>The period is just fine--I want that to be there. What I do *not* want
>>is a space between the last word in the sentence, which in this case is
>>"Lawrence", and the period itself. That's what I need to know if
>>there's anything I can do to successfully end a Sentence Structure with
>>the [L] variable and then continue on with memo field contents beginning
>>a new sentence, or if this is just the way it is right now and I need to
>>be patient until WG finds a way to improve the logic behind the sentence
>>The reason that I want the period there is so that I can add additional
>>information after the basic contents of the Education Tag without
>>creating a long, run-on sentence--for instance, a paragraph such as the
>>"Barry George Scott attended public high school from 1962-1966 in
>>Mobile, Alabama. His high school career began at McGill, which was a
>>private Catholic school (note: in the 1990s it merged with a girls'
>>school and is now called McGill-Tulane). Due to low grades, however,
>>they were not going to let him play sports. His dad got mad, took him
>>out of McGill, and he enrolled and graduated from the local public high
>>So if I didn't put the period there to be included should there be any
>>M2 contents, then there would be a comma after the year, and I'd have to
>>figure out a graceful way to end the sentence without having it go on
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