Now, the info in the helpfile, which is thankfully local, is wonderful but at times it lacks a good ACTUAL example, which is annoying to me and diminishes my info processing capacities. Sometimes I suspect that because you know the program so well, you can't explain it very well because its all so obvious to you.
Just keep in mind that 99% of people asking for help, automatically have the IQ of a dumb 12 year old.
Or, I'm just stupid.
Can some one give me an actual example of how the below procedure works with this fake artist and song? Preferably a couple of examples, with an explanation of the %dummy% field (pun not intended, i'm too dummy for that )
The fake artist and song: The Beetles - Meeshelle.mp3
Do the separators have to be the forward slash "/" ?
I agree, to some extent. The Help could use more examples.
Have you asked questions in the forums and been given answers that you don't understand? If so, just say so and I'm sure you'll get additional help.
What are you actually trying to do? The title of this thread says 'Convert Text File - Tag', but in your question you've given the name of a file, which would imply that you mean to use the 'Filename - Tag' converter instead.
In a format string, anything between % signs is a placeholder variable. These are the things that you're pulling out of the target string - like ARTIST, YEAR, GENRE, TITLE, ALBUM, etc. Anything else is a literal, meaning that Mp3tag will look for exactly those characters and these are used as separators between the placeholders.
If you wanted to pull both the ARTIST and TITLE out of the filename above, you'd use the Filename - Tag converter, and you'd use a format string of
%artist% - %title%
The separator here is a space, then a dash, then a space.
The %dummy% field is used to pull out a chunk, but to throw it away, unused. Let's say you already have the ARTIST and don't care to pull it out of the filename, but you want the TITLE. You would use a format string of
%dummy% - %title%
%dummy% will match anything before that space/dash/space. It's a way of matching something that isn't a literal, and then not keeping it.