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Recurring Holidays Properties

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The right half of the recurring holidays tab displays the properties of the currently selected holiday and is used to specify the visual attributes of the holiday (name, abbreviation, ...) as well as the rule used to calculate its future dates.

 

Going from top to bottom, we have the following sections.

 

Header information

 

 

Holiday ID

 

The Holiday ID is used internally to uniquely identify each recurring holiday. You cannot modify the holiday ID, but it can be useful to have this information when writing macros that deal with holidays functions. The last modified field tells you when this holiday was last modified.

 

Use the holidays changes log to get more information about the details of all past changes to that holiday.

 

Ancestor ID

 

The Ancestor ID, if present, tells you from which other recurring holiday the present holiday was copied from originally. If you click on that label, then you will automatically navigate to that ancestor holiday.

 

If you wish to set, change or remove the ancestor of a recurring holiday, right-click on it and select the Link to Ancestor or Remove Ancestor menu item from the recurring holidays popup menu (the current holidays set must itself be linked, to be able to link the current holiday).

 

Holiday Rule Wizard Button

 

Use the light bulb button, at the top-right of the recurring holidays details panel, to open the holiday rule wizard, which is used to help you guess what a holiday's recurrence rule is, based on one or more known dates of that holiday.

 

Full-Text Editor Button

 

Use the ellipsis button, also located at the top-right of the recurring holidays details panel, to open a multi-line text editor dialog, which can be a convenient way to enter the name of a holiday, when there are multiple name variations for that holiday.

 

 

Name and Abbreviations

 

This is the area where to enter the name of the holiday as it will be displayed by holidays name tokens and the holidays abbreviations tokens.

 

The name and abbreviations of a holiday can be made variable, allowing you to specify that the name of a holiday and abbreviation should vary depending on the circumstances of each holiday date, such as in the example on the right.

 

You will find more details in the topics on specifying holiday names, variable names and variable abbreviations.

 

Graphical Elements

 

This is the area where one enters the various ways a holiday may be displayed in a graphical manner (eg. symbol, image, watermark, ...), rather than by displaying its name and abbreviations. For more details, see the topic on holidays graphical elements.

 

Recurrence Rule

 

This is the area where one specifies the rule that governs the recurrence of a holiday from year to year. For more details, see the topic on holidays recurrence rules.

 

Rule Description

 

This area displays a description in plain language, as shown below, of the currently selected holiday's rule as it is specified in the above Recurrence Rule area (the rule description is updated on the fly, anytime any change is made to any of the settings of the Recurrence Rule area above.

 

calculated dates of the current and next years are highlighted

calculated dates of the current and next years are highlighted

 

Calculated Dates

 

This area, as shown above, displays the calculated dates of the current holiday for 5 consecutive years (use the arrows to move the range of calculated dates forward or backward). These calculated dates are updated on the fly, anytime any change is made to any of the settings of the Recurrence Rule area above.

 

 

Some holidays may occur on more than one date in a given year, in which case dates these multiple occurrences are denoted by dates in bold. Placing cursor over that date, as in the example above, will display all the occurrences of that date in the given Gregorian year.