Abbreviated views should show abbreviated date modifiers, not bare years
Trees and other abbreviated views show modified dates ("before", "after", "about", "from ... to ...") as bare years. People keep using this fact as a reason to advocate against using modifiers. I disagree: I think modified dates can be quite useful, and the fact that they look like unmodified dates in abbreviated views is a fault of those views, not of the modifiers.
I think abbreviated views should use abbreviated modifiers. Use a tilde (~) for "about", a less-than sign (<) for "before", a greater-than sign (>) for "after", and a slash between the two numbers for "from-to".
Good idea. However, a slash between years could be confused with old style/new style calendar years.0
Julia Szent-Györgyi ✭✭✭✭✭
Yes, the slash has a different meaning usually. How to abbreviate date ranges is a bit of a muddle, because all views already have a date range (the person's lifespan). Perhaps a dash and some extra spacing would work. Other websites and software do things like showing the midpoint of the range, generally without labeling it, so there's no agreed-upon notation. Hmm, maybe an ampersand? Of course, that'd work a whole lot better if FS's date-range label were "between ... and" rather than the nonsensical "from ... to" that it actually uses.
Or maybe a tilde between the years?2