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Special characters in task names RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I'm new to Project Server 2010 and cannot find any documentation on the use of special characters in task names in Project Schedules that have been imported into Project Server.  Are their any limitations on the use of special characters (e.g., '-', '()', '_', '#', '&', et.c) in task names in an EPM Project schedule?

    Thanks!

    Friday, May 23, 2014 8:26 PM

All replies

  • Yeah, don't use them! Project doesn't worry too much, but I think SharePoint and SQL Server Analysis cubes don't like them. Safest is to stick to letters, numbers and common characters such as ,.;:'"-_(). Even some of those may be a worry, I'm not sure.

    If no one comes up with a definitive list try the Project Server Forum.


    Rod Gill
    Author of the one and only Project VBA Book
    www.project-systems.co.nz

    Saturday, May 24, 2014 4:52 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    Rod is right!

    See references below for special characters:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/projectserver/en-US/651d6499-1990-4d71-817e-07bbde720003/project-server-2010-sp1-special-characters-recommendations

    http://www.pmconnection.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MCP, MCTS |

    Saturday, May 24, 2014 9:17 AM
    Moderator
  • It would be helpful to go through this blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lduff/archive/2006/06/30/652913.aspx

    even though this was for 2007 but pretty much i think is still applicable


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    Saturday, May 24, 2014 2:53 PM
    Moderator
  • Special characters in the task field will not break Project or Project Server.  It is a good practice IF you will be building cubes to avoid them because Analysis Services does not process special characters as a dimension as pointed out in the link Guillaume provides.  It is a best practice to avoid these characters in general but Project or Project Server will not stop working because you have these characters in a task field.

    Saturday, May 24, 2014 4:08 PM