Chart Types Help

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Chart Types Help
Summary Displays pop-up text with description of all of the native chart types, as well as a few mod-created chart types.
Mod Updated 14 Jan 2022
Download link v13.0.0.1
TNG 13.0
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Author(s) Robin Richmond
Homepage Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database
Mod Support My Mod Support form or TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer My Mod Support form
Latest Mod
Min TNG V 13.0
Max TNG V 13.1.1
Files modified
all native TNG chart programs
Related Mods

Purpose of the Mod

To give users an overview of the TNG chart types.
In each native chart program, this mod adds the label "Chart Types" and a small blue information icon that pops up a help file that describes the available chart types. There are separate help files for Ancestor and Descendant charts.

The mod replaces the "Generations" selection box in various programs with the "Chart Types" label and moves the "Generations" selection box to a second Inner Menu line.

Programs Affected

  • Ancestor Charts:
    • pedigree.php, which generates the Standard, Compact, and Box charts
    • verticalchart.php
    • pedigreetext.php
    • ahnentafel.php
    • extrastree.php, which generates the Media chart.
  • Descendant Charts:
    • descend.php, which generates the Standard and Compact charts
    • descendtext.php
    • register.php

The ChartTypes icon is already built into some chart programs that are installed by mods, e.g.

  • The TextPlus ancestor and descendant charts, from the TextPlus Charts mod.
  • The descendant count report (not really a chart), from the Count Descendants mod.
  • The Ancestor Map (also not really a chart), from the Ancestor Map mod.

Mod Options


Related Mods

This mod's help files describe all of the native TNG charts plus the TextPlus Charts charts, the Ancestor Map, the Count Descendants] chart, and the charts produced by the Male and Female Descendant and Parent Ancestor Lines mod, if and only if those mods are installed.


I don't know of any conflicts. Please let me know if you encounter any


This map uses the normal installation process. It installs two PHP files:

  1. rrcharttypes_inc.php - An Include file that that reads the chart descriptions from languages files, and displays those descriptions in a popup, and
  2. rrcharttypes.php - A program (linked from the popups) that prints the contents of the popup.

The Chart Types help files are also stored in the mod subfolder; they are not installed to TNG language folders. Instead, they are loaded directly from the mod subfolder. (FWIW, the primary reason that the help files are not installed is to allow translators to edit and view the files without having to install and uninstall the mod.)

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  • A working TNG installation.
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
  • You should backup files listed in the panel on the right.


  1. Remove and delete previous version of this mod.
  2. Backup the files updated by this mod. They are listed in the panel at the upper right.
  3. Download the .zip file, Extract its .cfg file to the mods folder.
  4. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files.


  1. Try using the Mod Manager Remove capability
  2. Contact me through My Mod Support form.
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The mod's help files can be translated into other languages, just like native TNG files. However, since native TNG help files are visible only to TNG admins, very few of them have been translated. On the other hand, the Chart Types help files are intended to be seen by end-users, so there is a greater justification for translating them.

All of the Chart Types help files are stored in and loaded directly from the mod subfolder, where they are stored in a subfolder named "languages", in files named {language}_ancestortext.php and {languages}_descendtext.php. For example, the French-UTF ancestor chart help file (in mod version would be stored in chart_types_help/languages/French-UTF_ancestortext.php.


The help file popup in the native Text Descendant chart program
Chart type help-descend.jpg
You can see the full help files on the mod author's website:

Since this mod automatically recognizes the presence of mods that generate charts (or chart-like pages) the Chart Type lists in these pages will include charts that you may not recognize. They will not be listed on your site if you have not installed the relevant mods.

Revision History

Mod Version TNG Version Date Note
v13.0.0.0b 13 20 Aug 2020 New mod
v13.0.0.1 13 - 13.1.1 14 Jan 2022 No functional changes. Added Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, and Spanish strings.

Sites using this mod

If you download and install this mod, please add your site to the table below.

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Ancestor charts
Descendant charts
Robin Richmond Mod author 13-13.1.1 English
The Cole / Tanner Family Tree David Cole Public/Private see here see here EN, DE, FR, ES, NL