Regroup Person-Date Place

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Construction This article, and the mod, are in transition from mod version 17 to version 18. The text of this article describes mod version 18, but the visualizations are from mod version 17.
Robin Richmond12 Oct 2019

Regroup Person-Date Place
Summary Establishes a more compact presentation of Event dates, places, and values in the Person Profile.
Mod Updated 2 Oct 2019
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TNG 12.0
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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 v12.0.0.18
Min TNG V 12.0
Max TNG V at least 12.2
Files modified
getperson.php, personlib.php, admin_genconfig.php, admin_updateconfig.php, English cust_text.php
Installs shared files: rrshared_modsettingsblocks. rrshared_innermodmenu2.php, img/rrshared_wikilogo.gif
Related Mods
The Regroup Person* - family of related mods that affect the Person Profile (See Related Mods)
This mod can work independently of the other mods in the Regroup Person family.

Purpose of the Mod

This mod formats Event dates, places, and values more compactly than the native Person Profile. I'm not about to say that I've improved it, but I do generally prefer the more compact format, and some other TNG administrators have said that they like it, too.

The new format is best described by the Visualizations below, but I'll add two quick notes here:

  1. Even I prefer the native format from time to time, so this mod now has an optional spacing control that can switch between the more and less compact presentations.
  2. This mod adds what I call an Inner Mod Menu to the Inner Menu of the Person Profile. Inner Mod Menus provide quick links to information about a mod and to the options editor. I primarily use them Admin mods. The Inner Mod Menu in the Person Profile is visible only to site admins.

Mod Options

  1. The initial spacing level.
    • Less - My format...Event dates and places (and sometimes values) are strung together in one table cell. The padding within table cells is also reduced, resulting in less whitespace, but more data on the screen.
    • More - Event dates, places, and values are displayed in almost exactly the way they appear in the native Person Profile. Event dates and places are in separate table cells, and event values follow on another line.
  2. Show a spacing control in the Inner Menu.
    • The spacing control is a button at the right end of the Inner Menu. Since there are only two spacing settings, the button label is either +Spacing or -Spacing.
    • If the control is not visible, then the spacing level cannot be changed.

Note that Regroup Person Profile also implements two spacing levels and an identical spacing control. When both mods are installed, they essentially merge the two sets of controls into one. That is,

  1. The two spacing settings are always the same, that is, both are More, or both are Less' in both mods.
  2. The two flags that determine whether the spacing control is visible also are always the same.
  3. When both mods say "Display the spacing control", only one control is displayed.

In addition, the mod options are custom TNG settings that are defined at Admin>>Setup>>General Settings, in a new Mod Settings Block in a new subform called Robin's Mods.

Related Mods

These related mods also affect the Person Profile. (Note that some of these mods have side effects in other TNG programs.)

  1. Regroup Person Profile - Regroups and re-positions data in the Person Profile the data in the Person Profile, and adds headings above each block of data.
  2. Regroup Person-Date Place (this mod) - Affects the formatting of and white space around Event dates and places.
  3. Regroup Person-Move Media - Moves the media files above the map
  4. Regroup Person-No Living Data - Suppresses display of ANY data about a living or private person the user doesn't have rights to. By default, TNG will show some data, plus spouses, parents, and children.
  5. Regroup Person-Parent Rel - Hides "natural" or "birth" relationships between the person and the parents.
  6. Regroup Person-Sources - Starts the display of source citations with just the Source ID, Title, and Author, and provides buttons so the user can display Source details and/or Citation details, for individual source citations and for all source citations.

This mod also generates information that can be used by Show Mod Names, but it does not depend on Show Mod Names.


I've not found any conflicts yet, but I haven't tested all of the numerous mods that affect the Person Profile.


This mod uses the standard installation procedure, though it should be noted that this mod contains a mod subfolder that is shared with other mods that implement Inner Mod Menus and Mod Settings Blocks. Because of the shared subfolder, as you unzip or copy the mod, you might get a warning noting that a file or folder already exists. You can just ignore that warning.
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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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These visualizations are from version 17 of the mod, not version 18.

Regroup person-date place-before18.png
Note the spacing control and the Inner Mod Menu label ("Mod Information") at the right end of the Inner Menu.
Regroup person-date place-after18.png
AFTER:, with the "more spacing" setting, hence the spacing control label is "-spacing"
Regroup person-date place-after218.png
AFTER:, showing the Inner Mod Menu

This screen clip shows how the Inner Mod Menu looks after at least four mods that affect the Person Profile have been installed.

Regroup person-date place-after-imm.png
AFTER:, showing this mod's Mod Settings Block

When invoked from the Regroup Person-Date Place "Change Mod Options" link in the Inner Mod Menu (the previous screen clip), only the options for the selected mod are shown. You can still click the triangular arrow or the subform name ("Robin's Mods") to see all of the Mod Settings Blocks in this subform.

Regroup person-date place-after-msb.png

Spacing Styling

The two spacing schemes implemented by this mod have identical HTML; they are just styled differently.

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<div class='mw-customtoggle-details1 mw-customtoggle-details2' style='text-decoration* Events:

  • The native code uses one row of the layout table for the event date and place, and a second row, when needed, for a value. It also places the date and place in two table cells, with a fixed width for the date cell.
  • The modded code uses one row of the layout table for each event, whether there is an event value or, and combines the data, place, and value cells into one table cell. The date and place are in divs that are expected to float next to each other, and the value is in a third div that may float next to the date and place, or may wind up on a separate line within the same table cell. Styling controls whether the date and place abut each other, or have padding and a border between them, and where the value is positioned. In the more compact spacing, the value is allowed to be on the same line as the date/place, but it will float to a new line when it cannot fit. In the wider spacing, the styling is changed so that
    1. The date div has a minimum width,
    2. The date and place are separated by a side border,
    3. The value is forced to a new line, and
    4. A horizontal border is placed between the date/place and the value.
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Revision History

Mod Version TNG Version Date Note 12.0 - 12.2+ 2 Oct 2019
  1. Provided an alternate display format that looks much like the native Person Profile, and an optional spacing control to switch between the new formats.
  2. Added an Inner Mod Menu, and placed the mod options in a Mod Settings Block 12.0+ 24 Jul 2018 No functional changes; made compatible with TNGv12. 10.0.1-10.1.3 20 Feb 2016 No new end-user functionality; just added Show Mod Names functionality and dependency, and updated the mod number to stay in sync with Regroup Person Profile. 10.0.1-10.1.3 17 Jul 2015 Fixed two old bugs that date back to Regroup Person Profile v1:
  1. Some event notes were displaying in the wrong HTML table cells.
  2. Some source citation references next to event data were not wrapped in brackets. 10.0.1-10.1 03 Jan 2015 Minor cleanup of end-of-line spacing 10.0.1-10.1.0 26 Dec 2014 Initial release; separated this mod from the larger Regroup Person Profile mod to reduce the chances and consequences of that mod running into conflicts.

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
Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database Robin Richmond Mod developer 12.0.3 English
Wortelboer Genealogy Bernard Wortelboer 10.1.0 NL, EN
Stamboom Jongman Roel Jongman Public/Private site 10.1.3 NL, DE, EN
Mueller-Diefenbach Genealogy Bob Mueller 12.0.3 EN