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I'm not dead yet (on setting end dates to the present time).

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:31:44 GMT

I'm creating a timeline (of important people in computing) that encompasses their day of birth and day of death....but many of them aren't dead yet! Is there a way to set the "end" date of an event so that its the present time (and thus automatically extends)?

Craig Schiller
Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:25:37 GMT

Just don't set the end date?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:58:21 GMT

It is my understanding that you cannot

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:58:50 GMT

It is my understanding that you cannot create an event without an end date.

Craig Schiller
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:27:29 GMT

Okay, my mistake. Just set the end date the same as the start date (or set the duration to 0) and it should do what you want.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:37:39 GMT

Hi, At the moment there is no way to have an end date as "present" so that the event automatically extends, however it is something we are looking to include in a future release. Jess

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:01:59 GMT

Thank you, Jess! Yes, that would be a most useful facility…my timeline has dozens of people who are not dead yet, and there is no meaningful way to indicate they are still living, unless I periodically update the end date associated with them. If you had something like “current date” as an option for the start and the stop date, this would open all sorts of possibilities.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:37:08 GMT

This is right at the top of my wish list for Aeon as I use it for genealogy so it is very important to have this facility. At the moment I set an end dat of 120 years after the start date/birth date but it is not the best solution.