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    Wednesday
    Apr162008

    Square Bracket [ ] Workaround

    One "small" difficulty with AskSam is that square brackets [ ] are unavailable as key strokes; they are reserved as field indicators in the entry forms. This morning I spoke with Tech Support and they suggested using the "pipe" key | instead of the bracket. They also warned against using the "French bracket" (and I thought they were called "curly brackets"!) because of a conflict with some other feature. I had already decided that at times I would need to insert editorially supplied information such as a month or year in a date, or perhaps place when it was known but not stated; this should be done within square brackets. Instead, I will try the "pipe" key as a forward straight bracket and another key as the ending straight bracket. If I use two different symbols, I can do a Search and Replace command if necessary in the exported document to replace the symbols easily with the appropriate square brackets.

    Added Letters to the Control File with newly redesigned entry form and found it much easier.
    Total 33 Letters. Read a wonderful letter from Maud Saunders to her sister Minnie (Arline's mother). It was 10 sheets, front and back on 8 for a total of 18 pages of detailed news about their children, life on the ranch, her health, neighbors, and so much more. She even mentions her birthdate!

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