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Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:34 am
by goldcntry-p40
Wow... Ask and ye shall receive indeed! I think I just blew a synapsis, only in a good way :^) Now to get the creative juices perculating...

CSV conversion instructions?

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:05 pm
by zaneclark
HELP! Someone posted a great site to get the instructions for converting a csv membership file so it could be loaded on google earth to map the ward. I did this successfully and sent the instructions to my son who also loaded his ward. I want to give these instructions to someone else and I can't find them! I have looked at every mapping post and cannot find the original post.... Anyone know what I am referring to?

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:49 am
by RossEvans
zaneclark wrote:HELP! Someone posted a great site to get the instructions for converting a csv membership file so it could be loaded on google earth to map the ward. I did this successfully and sent the instructions to my son who also loaded his ward. I want to give these instructions to someone else and I can't find them! I have looked at every mapping post and cannot find the original post.... Anyone know what I am referring to?

I suspect you are referring tothis thread. I did not think the method described there was so great because it fails to deal with all the resulting errors, but I recall that you liked it.

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:35 am
by zaneclark
boomerbubba wrote:I suspect you are referring tothis thread. I did not think the method described there was so great because it fails to deal with all the resulting errors, but I recall that you liked it.
That's it! Thank you... I know some have reported errors but for me, since I am mostly an end user type and not very tech savvy, it worked fine....

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:17 am
by RossEvans
zaneclark wrote:That's it! Thank you... I know some have reported errors but for me, since I am mostly an end user type and not very tech savvy, it worked fine....

Errors do not affect only "tech-savvy" people, but end-users too! Just because someone doesn't understand errors does not mean the errors do not exist.

That is the nature of the problem I described: The process is deficient because it fails to identify known and potential errors for you. There likely will be errors but they will not be readily apparent by just browsing the output. So you actually do not know that "it worked fine" at all, only that the process produced output that looks good and is mostly right. Most families will be mapped okay, but that does not mean there were not significant errors.

Because of the deficiency of the process, the only way you could know about the errors would be to manually inspect the output of each mapped family compared to the ward roster to find 1) families on the roster that were not mapped at all and 2) families that were mapped in the wrong place.