GenXML compared with Gedcom 5.5
- uses established standards.
- is more strictly defined.
- is based on an evidence/conclusion model.
- includes structures for the research process.
- supports combining two or more persons that may be the same
- supports basing an assertion (for example an event) on two other
- includes an advanced place structure (which also supports the
simple Gedcom-style place structure).
- includes an advanced name structure (which also supports the
simple Gedcom-style name structure).
- uses an ISO 8601-based date-format where also the month is
represented by a number. In this way it is also possible to record
dates with a known day, but unknown month. The same format is used
whatever the calendar is.
- supports more special dates than Gedcom. For example "from
about 1700 to after 1724" is possible to store in GenXML, but
not in Gedcom.
- have no intention of defining all possible events and attributes.
Instead events, and attributes, are grouped into different classes
- supports the use of different languages in different parts of the
- allows sex="unknown".
- allows the differentiation of data according to audience. (For
example data may be marked as "private" or "public".)
- allows the marking of a 'preferred' event, attribute or
association of each class. This may control the import into a
GenXML 3.0 adds the following features (se the specifications for a complete list):
- supports tabular source data
- a new attribute, level, has been added to the excerpt structure to allow for keeping the history of imported data
- a sortdate tag has been added to the date structure for sorting and calculation purposes
- the place structure is now on top level and hierarchical allowing for structured places
- the tag Ďaliasí has been added to the place structure for connecting different place names representing the same physical place
- the header structure has been enhanced
- the eventtype structure has been enhanced
- extensions are now allowed in all main structures as well as in object, address and place