RootsMagic has three different storage mechanisms for Nicknames:
- Nickname field in each Name record
- In quotation marks or parentheses in the Given field of each Name record
- As above in a Name record of type "Nickname"
Different outputs from RootsMagic have differing usage of these. Box charts cannot use Alternate Names and only include the primary name Nickname field if Prefix and Suffix are also included. Sentence templates for facts other than the Alternate Name type cannot access Alternate Names, cannot parse the nickname embedded in the primary Given field but can use the primary Nickname field. So there are outputs where it may be desirable that nicknames be embedded with the given name and others where it should not be. And as a database is built over time from a variety of sources, there may be inconsistency in the way nicknames are stored within the database.
This page offers a set of scripts that can manipulate where the nickname values are stored, globally and quickly, to optimise for a desired output and to make consistent: Nickname Manipulations