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Posted Monday, June 20, 2005 - Post #6795
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I have created a 2nd report template for use with the GenoPro Beta Report Generator. You you can view a sample report generated using this template here http://www.priors.net/genealogy/reports/TreeIndex/default.htm.

If you want to try the Report Tempate on your own GenoPro files, download the zip file from http://www.priors.net/genealogy/skins/TreeIndex.zip. Unzip the contents into a new folder under your existing GenoPro skins folder. You should then be able to access the Template in the 'skin name' drop down list of the Report Generator dialog within GenoPro.

This report has a single index in the form of a tree view similar to Windows Explorer. (The javascript code used is xTree from WebFx http://webfx.eae.net).

I've dispensed with the Family Index and associated pages and just used the individual pages as these provide the same details. Picture comments are now included, see 'William John Simpson' in sample report for picture examples. Education and occupation details are in narrative form, alongside any pictures asscoiated with the place of education or occupation.
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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6796
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WOW!!!! This is incredible stuff.
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6797
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WOW!


I can't download the zip file though, it a wrong URL.

This is the right link http://www.priors.net/genealogy/skins/TreeIndex.zip
It is good that there is a link from the sample report...
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6798
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Download link now corrected


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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6799
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Have downloaded also this report generator and it is getting better and better.
Noted that the font of the index on the left could be bigger for people with eyesight problems.
First line under education is bold and has larger fonts than the next education topic; I think they should be the same.

The index frame is very nice!
How about a slide show for education and occupation topics to the left of each topic, but smaller in size than the other slides?
Otherwise great work and thanks to ron.
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6800
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Ron

Congratulations on a very polished looking Generator.

I have two comments so far; a minor one on the display of marriages and a more basic one on Browser use/type of coding

Marriages:- My own is displayed as "Peter's wife is Pamela (Pella) Marjorie Evans. They were married in a religious ceremony on 6-Jun-1959 at Canon Kirkham in Burton, Christchurch ".
I tried to look at the code to see if I could find how this works but got nowhere so comments are:
1 Type of ceremony not necessary here. In my file, which was generated from v.1.9 many cases are not distinguished and in most cases it is not known. The religious/civil difference can be inferred if the supporting data is present. Otherwise the report may incorrectly say the marriage is religious when in fact this is not known.

2 The prefixes are out of order for the fields. As the official is often not known I suggest the last sentence in my case would be better as "They were married on 6-Jun-1959 at Burton, Christchurch by Canon Kirkham"

Browser problems:- I have always used Netscape as a browser although with reports from v.1.9 this meant you could not view the Genogram. However everything else worked.

I am now using Mozilla Firefox as preferred browser and have also just upgraded to Netscape 8. In both cases there are problems with navigation from a person to their children and also looking at the other pictures in the list. No problem in IE6. I am not sure if this a Java problem, but I suspect that it is the use of ActiveX. I have installed the latest vesion of Java, so think this is not the problem. However I have not been able to download the ActiveX plug-in for Mozilla - I can not get the link to work, even when using IE6.

So two questions. Is this an ActiveX problem? If so can a Report Generator be developed that will work on all browsers. Reading about the Mozilla plug-in I think the default version has been developed to allow access to Windows Media Player files. The advice is not to use it for anything else as this is a favourite way for hackers to attack computers
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6801
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This report is still 'work in progress' so there are a few things yet to be sorted out: 1. tense of verbs should match status of individuals (living or dead). i.e 'A and B have x children' if still living or 'A and B had x children' if one or both dead. There are other similar cases.
2. pictures are not always rendered with correct size/ratio 1st time round, but are correct when viewed a 2nd time. Could this be a cacheing issue? - a question to Dan/GenoPro here - the picture object has cache entries for size, dimension etc. do you have any advice on how and when they can be used?
3. Where individuals have more than one partner the cronological order is not always correct even when genogram rules are followed for positioning. Perhaps extra field(s) are needed in GenoPro to fix this.
4. Individuals with no last name are sorted and displayed together with the last name in the index.
I also need to address the issues raised by 'maru-san', 'appleshaw' and others.

As for cross-browser issues, I don't think its a Java issue, Javascript doesn't use the Java run-time as far as I know. Also there are no ActiveX components involved. If I get the chance I'll download Firefox and try it. If anyone else out there has experience in Web development for various browsers please contribute!

Re 'marriages' issue - my report contains some 'customisations' for my own use that may not be suitable for everyone. For example I use the 'priest' & 'notary' fields to record the church or establishment at which the wedding took place as this is more often recorded in the UK rather than the priest etc. The prepositions used match this usage. There is a Dictionary.xml entry you can adjust to change this back to the normal form. (I only use 'place' for locations or 'locale' like town, village, city etc.)
I'll add a Config Parameter option to remove the references to 'religious ceremony' and 'civil ceremony' for marriages for those who would rather not have it. GenoPro itself makes the distinction so I think the report should also.

I also use the Dictionary to change Education items EducationLevel and StudyType to their UK equivalents. You may need to adjust these for your own use.

One more 'customisation' I have is the use of 'Resident' & 'Retired' as special 'Occupations' which are treated differently.

Maru-San, I may be missing something but I don't quite understand what you mean as regards a 'slide-show' for education & occupation topics, perhaps you could elaborate?



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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6802
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Where individuals have more than one partner the cronological order is not always correct even when genogram rules are followed for positioning. Perhaps extra field(s) are needed in GenoPro to fix this.

Thanks for your post. This is a known issue at http://www.genopro.com/newreportgenerator/ :
"Sort family by date and position (x-coordinates). At the moment, the families are sorted by marriage date. If there are no marriage date, the sorting should use the x-coordinate of the family and other clues depending on which parent we want to enumerate the families."
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6803
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I have just tried to load a generated report into IE6 (SP2) and the Pop-Up blocker came up with "To help protect your security, Internet Explorere has restricted this file from showing active content that could access your computer."

The heading message is loaded in the right hand pane and the two buttons, Exapnd /Collapse in the left pane. Nothing works until the blocked content is overridden.

The security settings were medium; reducing to Low had no effect
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #6804
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Were you able to view the sample report OK? It sounds like your browser is blocking the JavaScripts xtree.js (that drives the tree structure), tree.js (that populates the tree) & presumeably picviewer.js (that advances the pictures in the viewer). The sample uses exactly the same scripts so if that works your generated report should be ok too. Was the report on a web site or just on your local disc?

Update: I've just found a good explanation of the problem here http://www.phdcc.com/xpsp2.htm with some circumventions. IE6 with SP2 blocks all scripts run from the local machine.



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