Please Allow Upper-Level ASCII Characters in Source Citations, Locations, and Name Fields
When building a source citation in FamilySearch Family Tree (either through Add Source or the Source Box), the program only allows plain text entries. Guidance for making acceptable source citations given at BYU, BYU-I, and in the FamilySearch Wiki all refer the researcher to the Chicago Manual of Style and Evidence Explained for proper formatting. Both of those guides require the use of italics. As mentioned above, FamilySearch only allows plain text, so italics are prohibited. Additionally, citations of works from other countries will often contain homoglyphs such as umlauts, etc. The current FS/FT program also prohibits these characters in source citations, although they are allowed in name and place fields. Italics and homoglyphs are contained in the Upper-Level ASCII character set. Please revise the program to allow for Italics, underlines, and homoglyphs in source citations.
This is not a new request. I brought it up to Ron Tanner a couple of years ago at one of his Facebook (now YouTube) webinars but to no avail. Concerning upper-level ASCII in citations, Helen Schatvet Ullmann and “GetSatisfaction” brought it up in 2018 on this site. That request languished without comment from FamilySearch and is now in “Legacy.” (Whatever that means.) Concerning upper-level ASCII in name fields, Linda Barney brought it up last August on this site. It generated four comments to date, but nothing pro or con from the developers. It would be nice to have their input so we know we are not just venting here.