Show Mod Names

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Show Mod Names
Summary A utility mod that doesn't change any programs by itself, but rather installs an include file that is used by other mods to reveal to admins (and potentially all users) the names of (some) mods that affect the running TNG programs.
Mod Updated 11 Jan 2018
Download link v10.0.0.3b
TNG 11.0
TNG 10.0
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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 10.0
Max TNG V at least 11.1.2
Files modified
css/cust_text.css, genlib.php, creates showmodnames.php
Related Mods
My mods that require this mod are flagged on my Wiki home page
== Purpose of the Mod ==
  1. To generate a list of the compliant mods that affect a particular program, and
  2. To install some display styles that I use in other mods.
This mod doesn't do anything by itself; it just installs code that can be used by other mods. It exists as a separate mod only so that each mod that uses this new mod-listing scheme doesn't have to install the necessary code redundantly.

Note that, when this mod is installed with the default mod parameter values,

  1. Non-admin programs won't look any different at all, since the list of mods that affect such programs is simply generated as an HTML comment.
  2. HTML code, not
  3. Some small "information buttons" in administrative programs are formatted to look (a blue circle around an i doesn't require users of an affected TNG program to do anything different, and end-users typically don't see anything different at all. Site admins who a run a program that uses Show Mod Names simply see a button that says "Show Mods", and can click on that button to see a list of compliant mods that affect that program.

You should install this mod only if you install one or more other mods that say they depend on this mod. (Or, in practice, you should install this mod if and only if you install any of Robin Richmond's mods.)

This mod (and the overall mod-reporting scheme behind it) is motivated primarily by the this problem:
When mod developers go to a TNG site to track down a reported mod problem, it is often not clear which mods (and which versions) affect the program they are checking out. Although TNG Mod Manager does a good job of listing which versions of which mods are installed, and its Analyzer shows which mods affect which TNG files,

  1. It is only available to the administrator of a site, and
  2. It does not show which mods affect the function libraries used by a program.

Show Mod Names, on the other hand, lists

  1. The mods that affect the files used by the running program, and
  2. The files that those mods affect and that are used by the running program.

So Show Mod Names supplements the information provided by the Mod Manager.

Show Mod Names can also be useful for TNG site administrators as a simple reminder of which mods affect a given program, as it is not easy to remember exactly which features of a program are "pristine" and which are the result of mods.

This mod, and the mod-registration scheme behind it ARE NOT anything close to a TNG standard or convention. I have attempted to implement and document it so that it could be used more widely, but, in truth, I don't know of any other mod programmers who are considering using this scheme.

Compatibility And Dependencies

No known conflicts. This mod is not dependent on any other mod, but almost all of my mods expect this mod to be installed, also. The list of all of my mods on my TNG Wiki user page shows which mods depend on this mod. And remember that there is no benefit to installing this mod unless you also install one of my mods that uses it.

Mod Parameters

The three mod parameters determine how visible the mod list is to users.

  1. $showModNamesAtAll determines whether the running program will try to display the mod names on the screen, or just write them to an HTML comment. If it is false, the mod names will always be written to an HTML comment, and will never affect the visible output of any program. It defaults to true.
  2. $showModNamesAdminOnly determines whether to display mod information only only to administrators. When it is true, the code will not affect the output of programs run by non-admins. (Note that this parameter's value doesn't matter if the first parameter value is false.) It default to true.
  3. $showLinkToModNames causes the list of mods to be hidden behind a button. (Again, this parameter's value doesn't matter if the first parameter value is false.) It defaults to true.

With the parameters' default values:

  • End users never see information about the mods that affect the program they are running, since the list of mods is placed in an HTML comment.
  • Administrators see just a "Show Mods" button in the program footer, and can click on that button to see the list.


  1. Uninstall previous version of this mod.
  2. Backup css/genstyle.css, the only distributed file affected affected by this mod.
  3. Download the .zip file and 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.

In the event of a problem

  1. Try using the Mod Manager Remove capability
  2. Contact the mod author through My Mod Support form.

Visualization of this Mod

End Users
With the default parameters, there is no visible effect to end-users, but admins will see a "Show Mods" button in the footer of pages produced by programs that have been affected by mods that use Show Mod Names. The list of mods can be made more or less visible through the mod parameters described above.
Admins running end-user Programs
When site admins run end-user programs that use this mod (and that have a template-controlled footer), they will see the "Show Mods" button at the very bottom of the content area of the page. This screen shot shows the bottom of a page using Template 5.

Show mod names-after-enduser.png

Admin Programs
Admin programs that use this mod will display the button on the left side of the page footer.

Show mod names-after-admin.png

After clicking the "Show Mods" Button
Here's how an admin program footer might look after the button is clicked. The version of each mod is shown, and each mod name is a hyperlink to the mod's Wiki article.

Show mod names-after-expanded.png

Hovering over a Mod Name
Then, as you mouse over one of the mod names, you can see
  1. The hyperlink to the mod's Wiki page, and
  2. The mod's Title text, which lists the files that the mod edits, and possibly the PHP function(s) within a file.

Show mod names-after-mouseover.png
There are two pop-ups in the illustration just above,

  1. The address of the target page (i.e. the mod's Wiki article) on the left, and
  2. The list of files affected by the mod and used by this program:
    • admin_gedimport.php,
    • gedimport_misc.php,
    • The function ClearData in gedimport_trees.php.

Remember that the selected mod might modify other TNG files, but if those files are not used by the running program, then Show Mod Names won't know anything about them and won't list them.

Programmer Documentation

(See the Wiki article Show Mod Names Programmer Documentation.)

Revision History

Mod Version TNG Versions Date Note 10.0-11.0.2+ 11 Jan 2018 Removed the second line from the cust_text.php target location search string 10.0-11.0.1 18 Jul 2016 The "Show Mods" button does not print, since it is superfluous when printed. Also tweaked the style classes added to genstyle.css so that I could use them in other mods. 10.0-11.0 20 Mar 2016 Tested in TNGv11 and fixed a couple of glitches - It wouldn't display, hide, and then display the mod names again, and there was a possible inaccurate warning message. 10.0-10.1.3 13 Feb 2016 Completely rewritten to use an include file (and include_once), to write the mod names to an HTML comment in most case, and to require the installation of Show Mod Names 10.0-10.1.3 6 Dec 2015 New mod.