I’d like to turn off case-sensitive tagging in my database (or rather, turn on case-insensitive tagging) because it turns out I have a lot of them. I also use #hashtags a lot to tag documents, and can never remember what I’ve capitalized.
I’ve done a quick test and it doesn’t seem like just checking the Database Properties box for case-insensitive tagging will automatically merge existing tags, but will just apply to new ones.
Is there a quick way to have DT merge all the newly-duplicated tags?
That is correct. It’s not retroactively applied.
You can select a pair of tags and merge them via the Tools menu or the contextual menu.
Thanks! But no (easy) way to have the program do it for all pairs of tags, like some magical hidden “eliminate duplicates” command?
And also - if I enable case-insensitive tagging, will it apply to new instances of tagging?
For instance if I have two tags, “cane_sugar” and “Cane_sugar”, and I write #cane_sugar in a document, will it be tagged with just the lowercase one, or both?
After enabling this option use File > Verify & Repair Database…. This will detect duplicate tags having a different case and merge them.
Hooray! Alas, I just did that:
but it doesn’t seem to have worked:
Did you enable case insensitive tagging first? And are these tags located in the just repaired database?
OK, so, yes I had enabled it and they are in the right database.
So here is my confusion. When I look under the “Tags” group, I only see the lower case “polariscopes”:
However, I also have a smart group called “all_tags” because I sometimes want to see all tags at once, including nested ones:
And there, both lowercase and uppercase still exist:
FYI, the uppercase one - which does not appear in the regular Tags view - ultimately nests within the main Tags group, but along the way some of its parents are other tags that are set to exclude tagging (that is a confusing sentence):
Is one of these tags a subtag of another tag?
I am not 100% sure what you mean by “subtag,” but “polariscopes” lowercase just lives in the main Tags group:
whereas “Polariscopes” capitalized is nested within several other tags:
That’s the issue as only top level tags having a different case are merged currently.