RM 22.214.171.124 and Windows 10.
If the existing sort date for a fact has a -suffix, the sort date doesn’t change automatically if the date for the fact is changed. I have to copy the new date to be the new sort date. The sort date does change automatically if the existing sort date does does not have a -suffix.
I don’t know if this is by design or if it’s a bug. If it’s by design, I can’t quite decide if I like the behavior or not. I can see both advantages and disadvantages. The behavior is definitely different than RM7 where the sort date always changes automatically when the date is changed.
I ran across this situation while I was working on entering sources to try to find a workflow for sources that I can use with RM8. I was entering a death certificate as a source. When I have a death certificate, I create a Death Record fact. I then use the death certificate as a citation for the Death fact, for the Death Record fact, and for several other facts. I give the Death fact a sort date such as 24 Aug 1940-1 and I give the Death Record fact a sort date such as 24 Aug 1940-2. I can choose to print the Death Record fact in reports or not.
I this case, I entered the wrong date value in the first place. When I corrected the date value, the sort date didn’t change as expected. If it had changed as expected, the only thing I would have needed to do in the sort date would be to append the -1 for the Death fact and the -2 for the Death Record fact. As it was, I had to copy the date to the sort date for both facts before appending the -1 or the -2.
So I guess the question is, is this a bug or is it by design?