GRAMPS: Defining Custom Forms for the Form Gramplet




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Published on Aug 10, 2016

Here's a long one, with steps explained in detail for those who may not yet be comfortable with rummaging through hidden folders and editing configuration files. I've got a table of contents in the description. More details, including some not mentioned in this video, are available at the GRAMPS wiki, here: https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index....

0:00 - Introduction
2:14 - Review basic usage of the Form gramplet. See: https://youtu.be/Y5hijkAF6eE.
6:06 - Optionally install the Geany code editor for Linux.
8:53 - Locate and open the "form.xml" file in Linux, under the hidden ".gramps" folder:


12:12 - Optionally install the Notepad++ code editor for Windows
15:23 - Locate and open the "form.xml" file in Windows, under the hidden "AppData" folder:


20:03 - Peruse the form.xml file to learn by example. Notice the XML declaration at the top of the file. I did not mention in the video, but form definition files must begin with this line, followed by a "forms" element that covers all of your forms.
22:01 - Understanding "tags" and 'elements".
24:19 - Understanding the elements used in form definitions, and their effects in the GRAMPS software: form, heading, section, column, _attribute, _longname, and size.
37:00 - Walkthrough of defining a new form in a "custom.xml" file, using an old Philadelphia death certificate as an example.
55:04 - Resolving syntax errors and using escape characters.

The following characters must receive special treatment in your definitions:

" → "
' → '
less than sign → <
greater than sign → >
& → &

1:01:58 - Handling typos.
1:04:27 - The Forms gramplet accepts only one form definition per source. ... Fumbling with an error.
1:10:19 - Entering my first form using the new definition.
1:21:24 - Viewing the results. Avoid overwriting previous information by creating a "Death Record" event, rather than a "Death" event.
1:26:24 - Try creating a new practice family tree for experiments, or "abandon changes and quit" if you experience unexpected results.
1:27:54 - Adding document image to the gallery and cleaning up citations.


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