Chief Architect Help Database - Article Number: 1141
Message: Unexpected character encountered when parsing.The information in this article applies to:
- Chief Architect X5
- Chief Architect X4
- Chief Architect X3
When I try to move a selected object by clicking on a dimension line, a Warning message sometimes tells me:
"Unexpected character encountered when parsing. The object will not be moved."
What does this mean?
To move a selected object using a dimension, click on a dimension line and then type a new value into the inline dimension text editor. Only three types of characters are allowed:
Length or distance unit indicators (for example, ', ft, mm, or m)
If you type a character that does not fall into one of these categories, the Warning message will display. Click OK to close the message box, then click on the object and try again.
A complete list of unit indicators available for use can be found on the Unit Conversions panel of the Preferences dialog (Edit> Preferences from the menu).
If you choose to use a unit indicator, it should be added after the numerals. If you do not use a unit indicator, inches will be used in Imperial files and millimeters will be used in metric files.
Here are some characters to avoid:
Grave accent ` character instead of apostrophe ' character for feet
Two apostrophes ' instead of a single quotation mark "
Complete words instead of unit indicator abbreviations or characters
Last updated on: Jan 01, 2013