Category names and capitalisation

+6 votes

As I have been creating categories for individual GEDCOM uploads as part of the Lost and Found Project, I came across a quirk in how categories are handled.

If a GEDCOM file starts with a lower-case letter, the system changes it to an upper-case letter. (So if you add Category:gl120368.ged to a profiles, the URL for the category becomes rather than, and the link is displayed as Category:Gl120368.ged.) Presumably, this is because we expect categories to begin with an upper-case letter. But if you use a lower-case letter, the category name shows red, even though the category is created. Also, for some reason, if you go straight to the category, it will show as empty. But if you go to one of the profiles in the category (in this case, let's take Aldous-1), and then click on the category name there, the category will be populated.

I suppose we could force people to change the first letter in a filename to upper-case if it isn't already upper case, but it seems counter-intuitive to me. Is it possible to set the system to permit lower-case letters at the beginning of category names where they're necessary?

asked in WikiTree Tech by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (204k points)
retagged by Julie Ricketts

I don't know if this answers the problem of the category being unpopulated, but there are two categories for what appears to be the same GEDCOM, but one of the numbers has been transposed:


Good catch. Thank you, Julie. That solved part of the problem.

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