Abbreviate First Names

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Abbreviate First Names
Summary Abbreviate first names for not logged in visitors.
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Mod Updated 26 May 2015
Download link for
TNG 11.0
TNG 10.1.1
Download stats Abbreviate First Names mod v10.1.1.0
Author(s) Erik Hoppe
Homepage Abbreviate First Names (this page)
Mod Support TNG Community Forums: TNG Specific - Code Discussion - Addons
Contact Developer
Latest Mod for TNG v10.1.1 - 11.0.0
Min TNG V 10.1.1
Max TNG V 11.0.0
Files modified
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Author of TNG Colouring Book
Mods by me: At my user page.

Purpose of the mod

To abbreviate the first names of all people for a not logged in person.

The method was found by accident (read: "programming error" ;-) but had been asked for by Henny Savenije on the mailing list.

Possible not expected display

In some situation(s) TNG wants to display the name slightly larger than normal.
I had to set the $hcard variable = null to prevent this from happening with all abbreviated names all the time.

Should you expect lager-than-normal sized names and they are not, you know why.


This mod was developed by Erik Hoppe


TNG version: 10.1.1
  • A working TNG installation.
  • A backup of all affected files (see the list below)
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager (is already included in TNG v10.1.1)


  1. Click on the download link, shown in the summary in the upper right corner of the page.
  2. NOTE! The .cfg file will open in your browser. It is un-compressed, 930 bytes.
  3. Use your browser's Save Page As... (or similar) to save the file to your computer and then move/copy/FTP it to the mods folder of your TNG system.
  4. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the mod.

In the event of a problem

Uninstalling the mod

If you want to completely Remove (uninstall) this mod and all its tables, you should

  1. click the Remove button to uninstall the mod and then
  2. click the Delete button to delete the config file from the mods folder.

Revision History

Version Date Description
V10.1.1.0 26 May 2015 Introduction.

Visualization of this mod (v10.1.1.0)

This is a test database, therefore the strange "names".
Without the mod:
With the mod:

Sites using this mod

As we don't use this mod, I can only show the screenshots above.

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

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Andersson, Hoppe, Sahlin, Thorell Erik Hoppe Mod author Not this mod! 10.1.3 EN, DE, SE

TNG Modules Impacted

The following TNG Modules are modified, and should be backed up prior to installing this mod:

  • globallib.php