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4 posts. Started 30 Jun 2014 by brett. Latest reply 1 Jul 2014 by lkessler. RSS 2.0 feed for this topic RSS
1. Brett (brett)
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Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 Permalink

Once editing and Behold file format, will the following result in truncation to conform to GEDCOM?

5908: 2 SOUR Citation Text: © Wiltshire Family History Society 2004 - Wiltshire Baptism CD (CDP1) Year : 1795 Date : MAY 18 Surname : BROWN Forename : STEPHEN Relationship : S Parents : WILLIAM & ANNE (NEAT) 5TH CHILD B APR 27TH Parish : CHISELDON
** Behold will read the entire line.(#3): This line including terminator is 288 characters long but it should be not be more than 255.

2. Louis Kessler (lkessler)
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Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 Permalink

Brett,

It will convert into a "2 SOUR" line followed by as many "3 CONC" lines as are required.

Louis

3. Brett (brett)
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Joined: Mon, 12 Jan 2009
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Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 Permalink

So does that warning greater than 255 comes as a result of an incorrect GEDCOM export?

4. Louis Kessler (lkessler)
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Posted: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 Permalink

Lines longer than 255 characters are illegal in GEDCOM. So yes, it is incorrect. Programs should not export lines longer than 255 characters.

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