Centurial supports an already extensive and growing collection of calendars. In this blog we discuss the various ways in which you can enter a date in Centurial.
In Centurial, dates can be entered using a date editor. Users can come across one of these date editors in various screens and dialogs. For example, when adding a cemetery as a source, a date editor is offered to enter the date you accessed a grave marker or other memorial, like this:
As you can see, the date editor is completely empty as long as no date is entered. This all changes when the date editor is given focus, by clicking it with the mouse pointer or by using the Tab key:
By now, the date editor is showing the user which calendar is selected (Gregorian) and which parts make up a Gregorian date: dd (days), mm (month) and yyyy (year).
If you make an error while typing, you can use the
A calendar is a system to identify every earth day by a unique code: the date. Through the ages, many calendars have been developed and used. Centurial currently supports 3 calendars, with a fourth coming in v1.9. This number will grow in future releases.
When entering dates it is best to first select the desired calendar. One way to achieve this is by entering the first character of the name of the calendar. For example, the day that brought General Napoleon Bonaparte to power as First Consul of France, ending the Fench Revolution, was 18 Brumaire An VIII of the French Republican calendar. Since Brumaire is the second month of the French Republican calendar and VIII is the roman number 8, one enters
Likewise, one uses the
Another way to enter dates in the date editor is by using the arrow keys. Use the
The arrow keys are also very useful when you want to correct a date in the date editor. First select the date part you wish to correct using the
Also, the arrow keys can be useful for entering partial dates (dates with one ore more parts missing or unknown) or for entering dates with negative years. For example, the death month of Julius Caesar in March of 46 B.C. could be entered like this:
On some screens, like the Source Editor, the date editor even allows the user to enter date ranges by letting the user choose the range type: on (an exact date, the default), before, after and between. The range type can be changed using the arrow keys or by using