"Yes the GEDCOM and FTM are two separate things but if you implement the underlying functions of GEDCOM then you would not need the custom facts."
A key part of above sentence is "but if YOU implement"
Who is "YOU"
1- Is YOU the user, for example "me" the user implementing the underlying functions of GEDCOM?
2- Is YOU FTM implementing the underlying functions of GEDCOM?
3- Is YOU some other genealogy software provider implementing the underlying functions of GEDCOM?
I am not sure who you mean by YOU
But I think YOU means a software provider such as FTM
And it that is true then the users [or standards body's]must somehow convince FTM to implement the underlying functions of GEDCOM?
And from the many many discussions on these threads about this subject there has not been much [if any] success in this endeavor. [I am not sure, but I don't know, if all the underlying functions GEDCOM that are/will be needed presently exist]
And then isn't this just an academic discussion that will go nowhere unless someone such as FTM implements the underlying functions of GEDCOM?
kj I am not trying to pick on anybody here, but my thoughts run the same way as they generally do. In order to make this happen someone needs to convince FTM and/or others to devise and/or implement the underlying needed functions of GEDCOM?
And if that is not done the possibility exists that this wish/desire will continue to be discussed over and over and over