2008/10/29 Algis Kabaila <akabaila@pcug.org.au>
On Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:42:07 Douglas S. Blank wrote:
> > Benny,
> >
> > On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:20:41 Benny Malengier wrote:
> >> ISO should work in GRAMPS in all locales, if not, something is wrong, a
> >> bug
> >> or in your setup.
> >>
> >> And although there is only one english date parser, in linux the us
> >> locale
> >> says mm/dd/yyyy and in uk dd/mm/yyyy, and GRAMPS understands that and
> >> changes the Numerical entry as the locale says.
> >>
> >> So, normally, if locale in Australia is set correctly, all should just
> >> work, no extra work required.
> >>
> >> Benny
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > I used a fairly recent gramps v3.0.4-0.SVN11199, invoked from CLI.  I
> > decided
> > to add to my smallish data base my "favorite" person,
> Al,
> [Don't know if that is a real person, but I'd be careful about putting
> real names/birthdates on the internets.]
> [snip]
> > entering
> > the date in the date field: 1983-  . At this point the field turned to
> > pink.
> That would be correct: "1983-" is a badly formed date. You should just
> keep typing there to finish it off. Does that work for you?
> -Doug

Yes, it kind of "works" in so far as it makes the date being shown correctly
when person is displayed.  As I did say, I have been entering the dates in
this manner for other (real) people. What spooks me is that Benny tells me
that gramps would not be able to use it in computation.  After reading your
email, I added an older brother of Charlie Farlie,  Fred Farlie, Dr, who was
born three years before Charlie - on 1980-10-29. Well, after 1980- is
entered, the field turns pink; after 1980-10- is entered it turns off the
warning and it stays turned off when the whole 1980-10-29 is entered.  This
is suggestive that the date is accepted. So what is really wanted now, is to
find and apply a report that does calculate some dates.

If it turns out that it all works OK, I would consider the unnecessary warning
(pink colour of the field) being a confusing behaviour of gramps.
A confusing behaviour  that it would be desirable to eliminate.

I think most people type sufficiently fast to never see the field turn pink ;-)

About calculation with date, in the View menu, activate the filter sidebar. Then in birth date, enter for example: before 1982
Gramps should give the correct births. With pink fields this is not possible.