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The GEDCOM format uses standard abbreviated "tags" to indicate particular events (for example, "BIRT" to indicate "Birth" and "DEAT" to indicate "Death"). The program translates these tags into English using a set of default values.

Standard tags

The default values can be changed by the user, either when the web pages are initially created (before saving them to file) or when updating them by reading the GEDCOM file again. (Note that the update procedure is necessary in this case - the changes will not take effect if the web pages are simply read in by the program and resaved.)

To change the values, click on the "Edit GEDCOM tags" item of the "Tools" menu. The standard GEDCOM tags, together with their current equivalent values in English, are displayed in the table at the top of the dialogue box. To change one of the equivalent values, click on the tag and edit the text in the box immediately below. When all the changes have been completed, click on "OK" to save them.

If you would also like to save these changes for future use, you can do so in two different ways. click on "Save tag information as default" in the "Tools" menu.

  1. You can click on "Save current settings as default" in the "Tools" menu. This means that the program will continue to use the edited values as its default in the future. Otherwise it will revert to its own defaults the next time it runs.
  2. You can click on "Save current settings to a file" in the "Tools" menu. This allows you to save the settings to a file on your hard disc. When you want to use these settings in the future, click on "Read settings from a file" in the "Tools" menu, and read the file back in.

Non-standard tags

As well as the standard tags used in the GEDCOM format, most genealogical computer programs use non-standard tags of their own. By default, the program will leave these non-standard tags as they are when producing web pages.

You can specify how you would like non-standard tags to be expressed by clicking the "Edit GEDCOM tags" item of the "Tools" menu after reading a GEDCOM file. The middle table of the dialogue box shows any non-standard tags that are present in the file. Click on each tag and type in the English equivalent you would like the program to use, then click "OK" to save the changes.

You can also modify the captions that are used in the small tables of links shown in the web pages for individuals and families, by editing the values in the table at the bottom of the dialogue box.

Like those for the standard tags, these settings can also be saved for future use by clicking on "Save tag information as default" in the "Tools" menu.

Omitting tags

You may want to omit certain tags from the web pages. For example, the "RIN" tag indicates an identification number generated by the genealogy program that produced the GEDCOM file and the "CHAN" tag indicates when information in the file was last edited.

To do this, select the tag you want to omit by clicking on it, and then click on the "Omit from web pages" to the right of the list of tags. The tag, and any information relating to it on following lines, will be omitted from the web pages.

There is also an option to omit all non-standard tags for which you have not specified any information.

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