It cannot accept any character string before the date because it needs to calculate a hidden number for sorting events. The sorting number for "on" must be higher than "before" and less than "after" a certain date, for example. It would be unacceptable that they be assigned the same sort date.
Contrary it sorts as a number. I tried sorting siblings and sorting dates in People view. It sorts as number. But the most importantly it displays a birthday year in index. I am "fishing" right now different parishes, so if I find someone I am able to compare a birthday year and analyze it if it is the same person or not. At this moment It is good enough for me. It correctly display in all kinds of reports as ca 1740 as an example. So after many hrs of changing my abbreviations to "ca" it works very well.
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Thanks TomH. I didn't know It is not much of the matter of multilingual support as just accepting any word before the year.
Out of interest how would you record this in Polish?
The C. is an abbreviation for "Circa" which is from the latin, in Rootsmagic I prefix with "Abt" but it will also accept "C." and change it to "Ca" still meaning "about"
I tested ca and c. . Both are displayed as ca which I know means circa. In Polish personally I use "ok" abbreviation from okolo means about/around. But other languages might benefit from it as well. So when I write ok 1780 this doesn't display as date. Meanwhile I might spend couple of hrs to change my "ok" to ca.
Looking in Vyger post I am struggling with an estimated date of birth or death. Writing c. 1728 makes it readable but when I use polish word it makes it immediately as mistake and field becomes yellow. And as a result date doesn't show up on the list of people (on left side of the screen)
Could you please make it universal for all languages and when letters are there read the year and whatever is before.