Regroup Person Profile

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Regroup Person Profile
Summary Reorganizes the Person Profile page - for instance, moving 'less important' personal events below the Parent and Family data blocks, putting headings above the Person Profile's data blocks, moving metadata to headings, allow the Map to be hidden, and removing the mostly-empty label column from the Map and Sources blocks.
Mod Updated 25 Feb 2020
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TNG 12.0
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Author(s) Robin Richmond
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Latest Mod
Min TNG V 10.0.1
Max TNG V 12.2
Files modified
getperson.php, personlib.php, genlib.php, globallib.php, css/genstyle.css, English cust_text.php, Norwegian cust_text.php, admin_genconfig.php, admin_updateconfig.php
Related Mods
The Regroup Person Profile family of mods.

Purpose of the Mod

To rearrange the data in the person profile in a way that I find more readable, with less scrolling.

Here's a partial list of changes:

  1. Just the most basic Person information is listed first, then parents, marriages, and only then, "Other Personal Data".
    • Basic information includes Name, Birth, Death, Burial, Cause of Death (_DCAUSE), Alias (ALIA) and Race, and (I think) LDS ordinances.
  2. Subheadings have been added above parents, marriages, other personal data, the event map, and source citations.
  3. Metadata (primary personID, familyIDs, tree, edit date, links to edit pages) are no longer presented as if they were events. Some metadata elements have been moved to the person's heading, and other to spaces between the event blocks.
  4. All personIDs are displayed so that the "I" is displayed with an alternate font, distinguishing it from from a lower-case l or a 1.
  5. The Event Map is enlarged a bit, as I've eliminated the mostly-blank shaded left-hand column. The entire map can also be hidden and re-displayed.
  6. The Source Citations box is also enlarged with the elimination of the mostly-blank left-hand column. New bolding of the Source titles improve readability a bit.
  7. In the Format for Printing page format, I ignore the cell height for the Sources, figuring that, when you print the page, you want to see all of the sources.
  8. Under the control of a mod setting, displays the person's full siblings, either with the Parent data, or with the Person data.
  9. Under the control of a mod setting, can display the name/birth/death/age data for children, parents, and siblings in three lines to improve readability.

See also the subheading Related Mods, some notes under Incompatible Mods, the Visualizations, and additional comments in the .cfg file itself. }}

Mod Options

In mod versions before version 18, this mod has two Mod Parameters:

  1. A value that controls whitespace within the HTML data tables by adjusting HTML cellpadding attribute. The TNG default is cellpadding=4. This mod's default is cellpadding=2, but the padding of 4px can be restored (or increased) with this parameter.
  2. A flag that determines whether to display person ID's for each parent, spouse, and child.

In version 18+, this mod has seven custom TNG settings, which are defined and edited in the form at Admin>>Setup>>General Settings, in the new subform Robin's Mods, where the options for various mods are organized into Mod Settings Blocks.

  1. Spacing - Controls whether the Name/Birth/Death/Age data for relatives (parents, spouses, children, and siblings) is on one (possibly wrapped) line, or separated onto three lines. See Visualization 7
    • Less - Just like the native Person Profile. The data for each relative is strung together in one line that can wrap to a new line.
    • More - Similar to some other mods, the Name/Birth/Death/Age data is separated into three lines, each of which could wrap, but probably won't.
  2. Spacing Control - Whether there will be a spacing control at the right end of the Inner Menu that can switch between the two spacing levels above. See Visualization 3, item 4.
  3. Age Format - 'Original': (75 years), or 'New': (Age 75) or (Living, Age 75)
  4. Relatives IDs - Whether to show the PersonID of relatives; e.g. parents, spouses, children, and siblings. See Visualization 3, item 7.
  5. Siblings - Whether and where to display the person's siblings. There are three possible values, representing "Don't show siblings", "Put them in the parents' data block", and "Put them in the persons primary data block". See Visualization 6.
  6. Siblings at Start - Not all of the siblings are necessarily displayed as the page loads. This option controls the number of siblings to be initially displayed. All other siblings are hidden behind a hyperlink. The option value "0" means "always show them all".
  7. Adjust the styling of templates... - For the modified Person Profile to look right in certain TNG templates, this option must be selected. My recommendation is to check this option's checkbox if your modified Person Profile takes up only half of your screen width. If it still doesn't work, please let me know.
    • This 'adjustment' is done by Javascript, and only done within the Person Profile. It does not affect any other pages in any template.

Note that the "Spacing" and "Spacing Control" options coordinate with identically named options in Regroup Person-Date Place so that both options are the same in both mods, and only one spacing control is created on the Inner Menu.

Other Mods

Many, many mods affect the Person Profile. These notes cannot cover them all.

Related Mods

This mod is in the "Regroup Person" family of mods that were written by Robin Richmond and that affect the Person Profile. All of these mods can be installed independently of the other in the family.

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The "Regroup Person" family of mods:

  1. Regroup Person Profile - (this mod) The daddy in the family (and my first mod)
  2. Regroup Person-Branch Members - Makes each of the person's branch names a hyperlink to a list of branch members.
  3. Regroup Person-Date Place - Combines event date, place, and description into one table cell, and coordinates with Regroup Person Profile to share an Inner Menu button that affects white space in the Person Profile.
  4. Regroup Person-Hide Branches - Hides branch names from end-users.
  5. Regroup Person-Move Media - Moves the media files above the map
  6. 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.
  7. Regroup Person-Parent Rel - Hides "natural" or "birth" relationships between the person and the parents.
  8. 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.
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Compatible Mods

This is not a complete list of compatible mods that affect the Person Profile.

Mod Conflicts

This is not a complete list of incompatible mods. Please contact me if you run into any other conflicts. This mod (Regroup Person Profile) is not compatible with Add Person Age Row, Divorce Indicator, Family Chart Mod, Family Edit Links Mod, Mobile Site Enhancements, No Notesring, Optional Person Rows, and Person Map.


These mods conflict with Regroup Person Profile, but Regroup Person Profile, or a companion mod, implements at least a good part of the functionality of these mods:

  • ID Prefix Format: Regroup Person Profile also uses an alternate font to make the "I" in person ID's distinct from the lower-case letter "l" and the number "1".
  • Person Map: Like Person Map, Regroup Person Profile allow users to hide and re-display the Event Map.
  • Life Dates Mod, which uses a three-line format for relative's name/birth/death/age data that is similar to the one that Regroup Person Profile implements. The Life Dates Mod uses different style, but the changes serve the same purpose.
  • Adjust Date Column Width: Regroup Person-Date Place (a companion to Regroup Person-Profile) effective eliminates the Event date column by combing the date and place into one continuous string.
  • Add Person Cremated Row: Like Add Person Cremated Row, Regroup Person Profile displays TNG's non-standard "Cremated" flag as though it were a separate event.



Files Installed

This mod's distribution file contains a distinctively-named mod subfolder that is shared by many of my mods, and that holds Include files that help to manage mod options. The subfolder is named RR-shared_mod_includes_v12.0.0.#, where '#' is a version number also used in the Include filenames. The files in this subfolder that are used by Regroup Person Profile are:

  1. rrshared_innermodmenu#.php - Supports Inner Mod Menus
  2. rrshared_modsettingsblocks#.php - Supports Mod Settings Blocks
  3. img/rrshared_wikilogo.gif - An icon that links to a mod's TNG Wiki page from an Inner Mod Menu or Mod Settings Block

(See visualizations below).

Each of the mods that contains the shared folder may install some or all of its shared files, depending the mod's needs, and whether those files already exist. Once a file from the shared folder has been installed (by any mod), that file will not be overwritten or removed by the subsequent installation or un-installation of any mod (including this one), nor will its presence generate any Mod Manager errors.

If you unzip mod distribution files directly into your mods folder, then the presence of the shared subfolder and the installation of its files should be invisible to you. But if you generally copy mod subfolders to your mods folder after you have unzipped the distribution file, then you need to make sure to copy the folder RR-shared_mod_includes_v12.0.0.# (well, unless you are confident that it is already in your mods folder because it was part of another 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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Click on the image below to see larger side-by-side non-annotated before and after images. Note that the media files have been clipped out because they haven't changed. But the personal and family data is now laid out differently, the Event Map is now slightly wider, and the Sources, by default, show only the titles, not the full citation information. (Note that Some of the changes shown in the visualizations are now implemented by other mods that were extracted from earlier versions of Regroup Person Profile). In particular, Regroup Person-Date Place now combines the date, place, and description for an event into one cell in the display table.)

Regroup person profile-both.png
2. BEFORE: The personal data section of the original version of the Personal Profile.

The red comments describe some of the changes that the mod will make.

Regroup person profile-before1.png

3. AFTER: The personal AND family data in the new format
  1. The Age format can be different (under the control of a mod option). This screen clip shows the new format ("Age 86") rather than the native format ("86 years").
  2. Personal meta-data has been moved to the heading.
  3. The "Mod Information" menu, which is visible only to admins, provides links to this Wiki article, and provides a link directly to the mod options.
    • By "directly to", I mean that the link opens this mod's "Mod Settings Block", without the need to select a subform at "Admin>>Setup>>General Settings", nor to scroll down to this mod's options. (See Visualization 8.
  4. The "Spacing" button affects the layout of relatives' Name/Birth/Death/Age data, as described in the Mod Options above, and illustrated in Visualization 7.
  5. Events that describe the profiled person are divided into two data blocks. Basic name, birth, death, and burial information are in the first data block (like the native Person Profile), but all other personal events are displayed in a second block, labeled "Other Personal Events" below the person's parents and families.
  6. The white space between blocks of data is now occupied by headings and metadata.
  7. A mod option determnines whether the personID of each relative(spouses, parents, children, siblings) is shown.
  8. The words "Wife" and "Husband" replace "Family" in the table row for the spouse/partner name.
    • I now realize that labels other than "Wife" and "Husband" should be used if the parents are not married. In a future version, I hope to implement labels that reflect the nature of the relationship, though I need suggestions about what terms to use.
  9. The indentation of the children's name/birth/death/age data has been improved. The data now wraps like HTML list items; that is, it does not wrap below the number at the beginning of the line.
Regroup person profile-after1.png
4. AFTER: The Event Map

The map is wider than before because the mod has eliminated the colored left-hand column, and put the Event Map label in the whitespace above the map. It has also modified the layout of the first pin legend so it wastes less space, and so that it wraps more cleanly when the page is narrow enough to require wrapping. Also note the button outlined in red at the top right, which changes to "Show Event Map" when the Event Map is hidden.

Regroup person profile-after-map.png
5. AFTER: The Sources block

Like the Event Map, the Sources block no longer uses the colored left-hand column, and its label (now "Source Citations") is in the whitespace above the sources. The Regroup Person-Sources mod adds substantial functionality to the Source Citations block. It loads the page with just the Source name, and provides links and buttons that add and remove Source and Citation details.

Regroup person-after-sources.png

6. AFTER: Siblings
  1. A mod option controls whether siblings are displayed in the Parents' data block, in the basic personal data block (as shown here), or not displayed at all.
  2. Another mod option controls how many siblings are shown as the page is loaded If not all siblings are initially displayed, the program displays a "more" link that expands the list to include all siblings.
  3. The the name of the person being profiled is not a hyperlink, since we are already on that person's profile.
Regroup person profile-siblings.png

7. AFTER: The optional 3-line name/birth/death/age format

A mod option controls

  1. Whether this expanded format is used by default, and
  2. Whether the "Spacing" button that switches between the one-line and three-line formats is visible.
Regroup person profile-3lines.png

8. AFTER: The Mods "Mod Settings Block"

A Mod Settings Block outlined subform within an Admin>>Setup program that contains the options for a single mod. What is most notable out a Mod Settings Block is that a hyperlink to a Mod Settings Block display only that block, not all of the other options in the form or subform. This presentation is directly comparable to the subforms at Admin>>Setup>>General Settings, that is, when you open one of the subforms, all of the other options are still there; they are just not visible until or unless you click on anpother subform heading to open that subform.

Here, you see the Regroup Person Profile mod settings block, which is in the Robin's Mods subform of admin_genconfig.php. The triangular arrow next to the heading Robin's Mods is pointing to the right, meaning that the subform Robin's Mods is not open. If you were to click on that heading, you would see the Mod Settings Blocks for all of the mods (that use Mod Settings Blocks) that you have installed. (They are shown in alphabetical order according to the mod name.)

Regroup person profile-after-modsettingsblock.png

White Space

Aside: Vertical whitespace can produce a feeling of "openness" in web pages and other media. But sometimes it unnecessarily reduces the amount of data that can be seen at once, and increases the need for users to do vertical scrolling. So I've been known to push back on whitespace a bit - especially when whitespace is generated by <br> tags rather than style rules. To that end:

  1. This mod uses styles to decrease the whitespace between the HTML tables that define various sections of the Person Profile (basic personal data, parents, families, the event map, media items, etc.). This mod provides 1ex of whitespace in the bottom margin of each table. You can increase that whitespace with a style rule such as .datatable {margin-bottom:1em;} at the bottom of your genstyle.css or in your template's mytngstyle.css.
  2. This mod removes a hard break from the end of the TNG "innermenu". Whitespace below the innermenu can be restored by a style rule such as .pub-innermenu {margin-bottom:1em;} at the bottom of your genstyle.css or your template's mytngstyle.css.
    • The "innermenu" is a horizontal menu on most TNG pages that appears immediately below the "Tab menu". It usually has white text on a dark background, and its links are almost always separated by vertical bars. In the Person Profile, the innermenu looks something like this:
      Personal Information  |  Media  |  Notes  |  Source Citations  |  Event Map  |  All  |  PDF  
    • This change affects not just the Person Profile, but most TNG page headings. However, the .pub-innermenu style rule shown above will restore whitespace to all affected pages.

Style Rules

When you want to modify the effect of a style rule defined in the master TNG stylesheet, css/genstyle.css, you should not edit the existing rule. This is especially true for style rules added by a mod, but is also true of "native" styles. If you edit a mod-defined rule, you will break the mod's installed status, and, in either case, your change will likely be lost with any TNG upgrades. Instead, as indicated by the instructions above, you should define a new style rule for the same style class, focus on the style attribute you want to change, and place your new rule

  • At the very bottom of genstyle.css, or
  • In the stylesheet file mytngstyle.css in your template's css folder (which is empty in fresh TNG installations).

Note that your template's mytngstyle.css folder may be the safer of these two options, since it is easier to backup the entire mytngstyle.css file than to backup a set of rules inside genstyle.css. But, of course, if you use more than one template, the style rules that you put in a template's mytngstyle.css will need to be duplicated in the all of the other templates you use.

Formatting Person and Family IDs

In order to distinguish the leading "I" of a person ID from a "1" or a lower-case "l", this mod displays PersonIDs and FamilyIDs with style classes that change the font of the ID's.

Revision History

Mod Version TNG Version Date Note 12.0 - 12.3 24Feb2020
  • The siblings list is now labeled "Siblings" whether it is in the personal data block, or in the parents' data block.
  • Added a missing %end:% tag, as required in TNGv12.3.
  • Upgraded to version 4 of the shared mod libraries. 12.0 - 12.2 19Dec2019 Upgraded to version 3 of the shared mod includes libraries, installed a temporary CSS patch to allow this mod to work in certain templates, fixed a bug that was preventing relatives' data from being reformatted into three lines, and eliminated a conflict with Regroup Person-Source v18b. 12.0-12.2 28Sep2019
  • Moved the mod options to admin_genconfig.php, which requires shared include files for Mod Settings Blocks.
  • Can now display siblings, either in the main person data block, or in the parents' block.
  • Can display relatives name/birth/death data on one line or on three lines.
  • Can display a spacing control to dynamically affect the relatives name/birth/death format.
  • Has new options to control the display of siblings, the relatives' data, and the spacing control.
  • The presence of the spacing control is coordinated with Regroup Person-Date Place, which has its own spacing options. 12.0-12.2 24Jul2018 Fixed a typo that was preventing the marriage block displaying the words "Wife" or "Husband". 12.0+ 24Jul2018 No functional changes; made compatible with TNGv12. 11.0-11.1.2+ 28 Mar 2016 No functional changes. Removed the second line of the cust_text.php target location search strings. 11.0-11.1 28Mar2016 Updated for TNGv11. Added Race to the set of events that I have moved from the Other Personal Events table to the main personal events table. 10.0.1-10.1.3 10Mar2016 Fixed an old bug in location 33 that erased the event map if any notes were attached to the person rather than to an event. 10.0.1-10.1.3 20 Feb 2016 - Moves some Source Citations functionality to [[Regroup Person-Sources] to establish compatibility with Citation Master.
- Implemented Show Mod Names functionality.
- Fixed a bug that disabled the scrolling of citations.
- Eliminated a TNGv10.1 database function call in one target location. 10.0.1-10.1.2 19Jul2015 - Followed more of Jeannette Wickham's suggestion and added name facts and events to the primary personal data block, instead of "Other Personal Data".
- Fixed two old bugs in my code that put some notes in narrow columns.
- Fixed another old bug that caused some event source citation links not to be enclosed in brackets.
- Added Norwegian translation of cust_text strings, courtesy of Ørjan K. Albriktsen.
- Moved code to accommodate the Public Access Control mod. 10.0.1-10.1.1 08Jul2015 Folded Regroup Person-Other IDs back into this mod. Followed Jeanette Wickham's suggestion to put cause of death plus secondary birth, death, and burial events in the data block at the top of the page instead of in the "Other Personal Data" block. Now works with Default Photo Preview. Improved code comments. Reintroduced some of the whitespace that I had eliminated by removing <br/> tags. 10.0.1-10.1 03Jan2015 Had to restore some trailing spaces to some lines of code, because I had mistakenly tested the mod with a beta version of Mod Manager that was deleting trailing spaces. 10.0.1-10.0.3 27Dec2014 Moved some functionality from this mod to five new mods whose names also begin with "Regroup Person". 10.0.1-10.0.3 10Aug2014 Modified the way Person and Family ID's are displayed, and added the capability of displaying Person ID's for parents and children. 10.0.1-10.0.2 23 Jun 2014 Fixed a bug that broke hyperlinks to husband or wife if the string "Family" is in the tree ID. 10.0.1-10.0.2 13May2014 Now handles sub-event data entered in TNG, like Agency, Cause, Address, etc. 10.0.1-10.0.2 12May2014 Changed a hard break to a div to work better with Relationship Display Mod, and moved the changes in cust_text from the top of the file (where, I've learned, some people don't have the distribution comments) to the bottom of the file. 10.0.1-10.0.2 30Apr2014 Fixed to work with TNG v10.0.2 as well as v10.0.1 10.0.1 26Apr2014 Used classes more effectively and eliminated some side effects that could show up in other TNG modules. 10.0.1 21Apr2014 Accommodated the installation of Geocode Assist Mod and Wiki Integration. Displays the "I" in the Person ID in a font that distinguishes it from "l" and "1". 10.0.1 17Apr2014 Removed a couple of changes and changed a couple of others to improve compatibility with other mods - specifically Family Preview Mod and mods that tweak the Event Map Pins legend. 10.0.1 16Apr2014 Fixed bugs that (1)repeated marriage information for people with multiple marriages & (2) didn't always display the person id number and edit date. Also accommodated another mod. 10.0.1 15Apr2014 Initial release.

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 12.2.2 English
Turner mob family Genealogy Margaret Turner Public site 10.1.1 EN
Stamboom Jongman Roel Jongman Public/Private site 10.1.3 NL, DE, EN
The Road to Ethel Alicia Clemmons Public site 12.0.3 English