P: Tags & whitespace handling inconsistent

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 19, 2012 Aug 19, 2012

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Using Lightroom 4.1 on Mac.I usually tag pictures, which show people with the names of the people.For this I manually set up a hierarchy like "People/John Doe". Now I select a picture, press cmd+k to enter the "add keyword" mode. Now I enter the person's name. In this case John. While entering it the autocompletion shows the matching name, i.e. John Doe. I press enter.Lightroom now applies to _separate_ tags called "John" and "Doe" on top level. It should have applied what it suggested, i.e. a single tag "John Doe" which is defined in the hierarchy under People.This bug makes tagging quite difficult because I have to use the mouse for every single picture.

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Adobe Employee , Mar 22, 2017 Mar 22, 2017
Fixed in Lightroom 5 or later.

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 19, 2012 Aug 19, 2012

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Lightroom>Preferences>Interface>Keyword Entry
Has "Separate Keywords Using" been changed to Spaces from Commas?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 19, 2012 Aug 19, 2012

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It is set to whitespace.

In either case (whitespace vs comma) Lightroom should apply what it suggested with the autocompletion. Suggesting a single tag and applying two or more is a bug, imho.

It could wrap it in quotation marks, as this is what is suggested in the settings dialog.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 20, 2012 Aug 20, 2012

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I don't think it's a bug. The suggestion pop up simply puts the selected term into your keyword edit box. From there, it behaves as if it was entered manually.

So, I think it's by design, but it's not a good design. For the record, Lightroom 3 does the same way.

It's more of a feature request than a bug report.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 20, 2012 Aug 20, 2012

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Whether you call it a bug or a misdesign, I agree that's not good behavior.

But why not set Separate Keywords Using to Commas instead of Spaces?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 20, 2012 Aug 20, 2012

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I don't use it because I have lots of tags which contain a comma. I created these before my switch to Lightroom. I use them e.g. to name people like "Doe, John".

Using these keywords is fine until you assign them using the keyboard, which does not work at all.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 22, 2012 Aug 22, 2012

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A couple of workarounds that probably aren't ideal for you:

- Tediously rename all the keywords with commas, e.g. to use "-" instead.

- The Any Tag plugin provides an alternative method of fast keyword tagging optimized for keyboard entry of keywords.

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Mar 22, 2017 Mar 22, 2017

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Fixed in Lightroom 5 or later.

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