Yeah, it's a semantics issue. Genealogists tend to be very literal (and
it's a good thing), while coders tend to be conceptual (well you know what
What is being talked about here is the fact that some "things" have no
practical start or end, while others occur at a point in time, or are true
for a span of time. GRAMPS AFAIK has decided to use "Attribute" for those
things that have no use for a timestamp, and "Event" for things that do.
In the past, there would have been little doubt that "sex" was an
attribute, and "married" only had a start. Then "married" started having an
end other than "death do us part" and it would be handy to supply the
status "married' with an end point in time and/or space. Now, even the
value of "sex" can have a useful span of time for some people.
Is there a way to say these people were married from this timestamp until
that timestamp in one place? True, "Married" is bound by "Wedding" and
"Divorce" events. But I would rather enter the start and end on one status
element than have to go looking for a possible end when I find the start of
Wouldn't it be nice if "Events"/"Attributes" had a start and end - both
optional? it could collapse both Events and Attributes into one table. If
it has no start timestamp, it's an "Attribute", if it has one, it's an
event, and if it has a start and end timestamp then it's a "status" that is
only true for a period of time. And we don't have to decide what it is when
we record the first thing we know about it.
On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM, Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@...> wrote:
> On 06/13/2013 02:09 PM, Nicholas Robinson wrote:
> > Hi
> > Yes, Gramps is amazing!
> > I have found the best way to record this sort of thing is to use the
> Person Events tab.
> The confusion for newbies is that Occupation is *not* an Event; it's an
> Attribute. There's just no two ways about it. Thus newbies naturally look
> for Attributes items to record, the fact that he's a Plumber or she's a
> But this is one of Gramps' quirks, and having it be an Event is useful for
> recording bits of point-in-time knowledge, as from a Census.
> "There are no solutions; there are only tradeoffs."
> Thomas Sowell
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