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Special Character Filters


When loading a Gedcom I am getting a message that says 'You might get less errors if you turn on the option to 'Use Special Character Filters When Loading' from the Tools Options menu.

However when I go to the Options this selection is grayed out with a note that 'these options are not currently available.' How do I get them available?


notonyournelly wrote Jun 11 at 1:38 AM

I can't say why, but the option is disabled in the options dialog and cannot be enabled.

To turn on the option, you'll have to edit the configuration file by hand. You don't want to be running Family Tree Analyzer while doing this.

The configuration file is called 'user.config' and is an XML file. I found my copy in the path:
C:\Users\ username \AppData\Local\FTAnalyzer.exe gibberish \\

(where username is your login name, and gibberish is a long set of characters which aren't important).
You might have to turn on the option "Show hidden files, folders and drives" in Windows Explorer before you can find the file.

Once you find it, open it in Notepad or your favorite editor. You need to find the "LoadWithFilters" section, which will probably look like:
            <setting name="LoadWithFilters" serializeAs="String">
You need to change it so it reads like:
            <setting name="LoadWithFilters" serializeAs="String">
Save the file, restart Family Tree Analyzer, and hopefully you'll get fewer errors during load!

notonyournelly wrote Jun 11 at 1:48 AM

Oops the path to the file is actually:

C:\Users\ username \AppData\Local\FTAnalyzer\FTAnalyzer.exe gibberish \

JeffreyMGeorge wrote Jun 11 at 4:07 PM

I don't have an FTAnalyzer directory in my AppData\Local location. In fact, there isn't even an application directory for Family Tree Analyzer at all. The executable I downloaded is a stand-alone file and I can find no configuration files anywhere so there is no xml file to change.

notonyournelly wrote Jun 11 at 4:58 PM

My apologies for the bad advice then. I'll try to dig further (I've not tried the stand-alone version ...)

notonyournelly wrote Jun 12 at 7:32 PM

In separate email conversation, Jeff indicated the errors are occurring because of lines ending only in a linefeed, without a carriage return.

The original issue still remains: why is the option disabled in the dialog, and if that was intentional, why is there a message suggesting to enable the option?

wrote Jun 26 at 6:36 PM