Writing Tags in the INI File

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Writing Tags in the INI File

One method of creating a permanent tag structure is to write tags directly into an .ini file.  A database's .ini file stores various database configuration settings. Tags created in this file cannot be deleted in the Tag and Issue Management box.

When tags are created in Concordance or in the .trk file, the tags are not automatically written to the .ini file. To add tags to the .ini file, you need to manually write them into the file. Once tags are written in the .ini file they are available in the Tags Panel in the Navigation Pane.  Once a tag is applied, the tags are automatically written to the .trk file.

Once you have written tags to an .ini file, you can save time creating tags for another database by copying and pasting the entries from one database .ini file to another.


If you are renaming tag or tag folder names in the .ini file, the Tags Panel in the Navigation Pane displays both the original and renamed tags.  Renaming tags does not affect *.ini file tags.

Write Tags in the .ini File

1.Navigate to the database's .ini file.  The .ini file is stored in the same directory as the database .dcb file.

2.Open the .ini file in any text editor program.

3.In the .ini file, the different database configuration settings are designated by the [] symbols around the configuration category. For example, field groups are listed under [FieldGroups], and added menu items are listed under [AddedMenuItems].  Tags are added after the [Tags] category, and each tag has a separate line in the .ini file.

3.If the .ini files does not have a tags list, type [Tags] in a new line to create the tags list.

4.Add the tags below the [Tags] line using the following format:

To add a tag outside of a folder, type: Tag<#>=Tag_Name

To add a tag within a folder, type: Tag<#>=Folder_Name»Tag_Name

To add a personal folder and tag, type: Tag<#>=»UserID»Personal_Folder_Name»Tag_Name

Use underscore characters to indicate spaces in a tag or folder name.  

5.Save and close the modified .ini file.

6.Open the database in Concordance.

7.Open the Tags Panel in the Navigation Pane to verify that the tags and folders you added are displayed.