pete_arnett wrote:Exported MLS files containing address information, such as family data or individual data, have been changed from Palm file format to vCard file format, which is a more widely-used standard. Palm brand devices should be able to handle the vCard format without difficulty.
Could someone from the Church clarify this? Exactly which export files does it apply to?
The statement "Exported MLS files containing address information" would apply to every one of the export files except for Organization.csv. However the part about "from Palm file format" would seem to indicate that only PalmIndividual.csv and PalmFamily.csv are affected.
There is an implied assumption in this statement that is based on a falsehood. First of all, to say that vCard file format is more widely used that Palm format may be true, but it is irrelevant. What is exported is CSV format. It may happen to be a flavor of CSV that is usable by Palm software, but because it is CSV it has many more uses than just with Palm devices. The CSV file format is many times more commonly used than vCard, and that is the essential question, not vCard vs. Palm. The Palm*.csv files are used in my stake much more often for purposes that have nothing to do with Palm devices.
As has been discussed on another thread, there are many reasons why the CSV file format should continue to be supported, even if the Church decides to add vCard.