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  • Dandruff
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Why is a question mark displayed for absent (not empty) tag fields?
Why does foobar2000 display a question mark at all for empty columns/fields? Would look much better without the question marks all over the place ...

  • db1989
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Why is a question mark displayed for absent (not empty) tag fields?
Reply #1
Why does foobar2000 display a question mark at all for empty columns/fields?

It doesn’t.

It displays ? for fields that are absent, not empty. The latter will be displayed as-is, i.e. actually empty.

Why is a question mark displayed for absent (not empty) tag fields?
Reply #2
@dandruff

%artist% %album%[-%date%]
Think some minutes about how useful the square-brackets are and make your conclusion.
german support forum: www.foobar-users.de / user: qwert73

  • Dandruff
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Why is a question mark displayed for absent (not empty) tag fields?
Reply #3
I know how to "workaround" it. Maybe a global option would be perfect for this: "Disable question marks display in empty columns"?

This would avoid the need to add "double" user custom columns to "disable" the question marks. Any opinions on that?
  • Last Edit: 22 February, 2012, 11:57:58 AM by Dandruff

  • db1989
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Why is a question mark displayed for absent (not empty) tag fields?
Reply #4
Again, question marks are displayed not for empty fields but rather for absent fields.

With such a distinction in mind, it makes sense to have some way to differentiate between the two. And it makes sense to display empty fields as empty!

The corollary is that absent fields are flagged for the user, which is potentially very useful as it could alert them to something that is unintentionally missing from their metadata.


Edit: The original thread doesn’t seem to have any place in the Support subforum; I’ve moved it, and because it was from 2006 I’ve split this new discussion from it.
  • Last Edit: 22 February, 2012, 12:30:35 PM by db1989