|Show Issues (My Perhaps)|
|Summary||Highlights imperfect data - but needs to follow a specific format and system.|
|Validation||Mod passed Html markup test|
|Mod Updated||04 Feb 2019|
|Author(s)||A. S. DuPree|
|Homepage||Show_issues (this page)|
|Mod Support||TNG Community Forums|
|Min TNG V||10|
|Max TNG V||12|
getperson.php mytngstyle.css cust_text.php (in English folders)
Requires user to capitalize names where data is uncertain
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of genealogical websites repeat unproven family links, which then get picked up and repeated over and over as true. I have employed this mod on my site to show where my own data is suspect and should be treated with caution. This enables me to present data that is unproven, highlighting for me and visitors to my website where I think data should be taken with a grain of salt.
As such, this mod is NOT FOR EVERYBODY...unless you wish to use my system for highlighting potential issues or research gaps in your research.
The system is relatively simple. It requires CAPITALIZING the name of an individual when either the individual's parents or spouses are in doubt. It further considers the word "About" (or equivalent word if you are using another language) in dates to be a pointer to uncertain data. That's it. So it does require that you commit to using capitalized names and the "About" tag (as it is defined in your language) in this manner.
I find this useful to quickly identify people who still need to be verified or for whom family connections might be wrong. It is useful to the visitor also, I think, to see at a glance the information in your work that needs proof or may be wrong.
The mod adds a word, "(unproven)," after the "Name" label (in a soft orange color) to indicate that either parents or spouse of this individual are incorrect.
Second, if you use the word "About" (or defined word in your language) for estimated dates (birth, death, burial or marriage), it adds "(unproven)" after the labels for each of these to draw attention to where there is potential incorrect information on your page.
Third, if the spouse or a child has a capitalized name, it adds the word "(unproven)" after their names to indicate that they may be incorrectly linked to this individual or the link needs proof.
Finally, it adds a message above the menu and under the header information that collects all the doubtful information on the page and asks the visitor to suggest improvements.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The one below shows a capitalized individual whose child, wife and birthdate are uncertain
Please note - I have been using a version of this mod for several years with no problems. It has not conflicted with other mods modifying getperson.php. BUT it certainly may conflict with other template use or other mods I do not use. I expect issues.
To use in a language other than English you need to put this text in the cust_text.php folder corresponding to your language.
$text['perhaps'] = "unproven"; $text['suggesting'] = "If something doesn't look right, please make a"; $text['suggestion'] = "suggestion"; $text['proven'] = "is unproven."; $text['strstart'] = "Info about"; $text['marriage'] = "Marriage";
Edit and change the text in quotes.
(For English users, this text is included in the cust_text.php file. To alter it just copy (don't edit or change where they are) to a lower position in the file and change the words as your wish.
In the mod options you can change the color of the unproven tag and adjust the message height on the page.
This mod was developed by A.S. DuPree (a novice, happy for any help on improving it)
- A working TNG installation. This has only been tested on TNG V 12.0.3 but has been in use since TNG V 9
- The use of Capital names to identify unproven links. And the use of "About" in date fields to indicate guesstimates.
- An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
- v3a - adds options to change color and placement of message. Also adds in the abbreviated tag for About so that either the full or abbreviated tag will trigger the unproven message.
- v3 - 2/12/2019 to work with other languages.
- Download the zip file in the status area in the upper right.
- Extract the direct_line_search.zip to your mod folder.
- Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the Show issues mod.
Conflicts and Issues
I have not found any conflicts or issues with this mod but I suspect there may be some. Please let me know if you find any. The language is ONLY in English. The position of the text describing the issue should come after the header information, but I have only tested it on my site and it may have issues with different templates.
In the event of a problem with your TNG site
- Try using the Mod Manager to Remove the mod