6th June 2014 at 10:18 am #2701
What are your thoughts on the Favourites module? I stopped using this a few years ago but am trying it for “pioneers” – notable people who were migrants. As it is now it could take a lot of column space. Could it be tabularised?
6th June 2014 at 10:45 am #2702
Hmm, not sure exactly what “tabularised” would look like. Presumably you mean to remove much of the content the current “person-box” format displays, especially the image.
Overall, I dislike the favourites module. I certainly don’t like it’s use on the Home page (mainly for design / visitor attraction reasons). Its use on “My page” becomes a moot point when combined with my eventual plan to remove that page completely. (see https://kiwitrees.net/kiwitrees-road-map/ )
I do however use favourites, but not the display module. I find the menu listing of them perfectly satisfactory. I just (rarely) add the display module temporarily when I need to remove a favourite as that is the only way that can be done.
A couple of other points to consider:
- The menu list of favourites serves two purposes. It contains both “GEDCOM favourites” (those normally displayed on the “Home page” for all to see) AND the (if registered & logged in) user’s personal “User favourites” that would be displayed in the block on their “My page”. To quote a famous actor “Not many people know that….”.
- Favourites can be any record type (individuals, families, sources, repositories, media items, or notes) and each can include comments. All these might make “tabularising” problematic I suspect.
For your personal “use case”, I wonder whether links in an HTML block would be easier? You also get to choose what the names link to in that case. I have a client with a list like that but of family names, each linked to the “Branches” list page.
7th June 2014 at 5:58 am #2707
Alot uses the favourites – me incl at main page. But I find it annoying to have it in menubar. But I have it in a blog as <div> So I think alot will be very sad if you remove the module completely. Many have no idea to make it as html code or something similar as another choice if you remove the module.
But if you have to remove it – I suggest to update a help file to blogs and take the favourit list as a suggestion for a blog! So users can copy/paste/edit the code for their own need!
admin and owner of a user customized version of kiwitrees (contains 3 family trees)
7th June 2014 at 9:27 am #2710
Thank you for saying that, Nigel, I never meant to suggest that the favourites modules be removed! No, not at all. What I think I was really wanting was to somehow present a LIST of people in my tree that emigrated from UK to USA, AUS, CAN, (or any migration). I was only trying favourites as one way of doing this and seeing what others in the forum thought.
7th June 2014 at 10:31 am #2711
a LIST of people in my tree that emigrated from UK to USA, AUS, CAN, (or any migration).
If you have well defined criteria like that, and they are represented by the use of GEDCOM tags such as IMMI or EMIG then a custom module would be pretty simple to create.
I’d be happy to help if you want to have a go.
9th June 2014 at 6:20 pm #2741
Yes, all my migrants have EMIG tags. I usually find them by doing an advanced search and adding the extra tag in the search. This will do for now … but having said that I would be interested in knowing how to build a module. I have ‘traditional’ programming experience in C & Basic and have ‘played’ with php but don’t know the ‘x’trees conventions (where x=web or x=kiwi).
10th June 2014 at 9:50 am #2744
Those skills would certainly help, though I find that html and css often take the most time. You are right that an understanding of the classes and functions that the kiwitrees code already has helps enormously though. But there are so many its not practical even for me to remember all of them, so I always use something existing as a start point, then look for other pages that do some part of whatever I want to achieve.
But as I said, your specific requirement makes this a fairly simple module, mainly because it needs no complex configurations or settings. The attached might not be exactly what you had in mind, but it should get you well along the way. I’ve added extra commenting to help point out what the various parts do. Just unzip the folder into /modules_v3/ like any other module, then enable it. Then you can add it to the Home page, or your My page, or like any bock as part of an HTML block (just use the short-code #callBlock:emigration_block# for that).
28th June 2014 at 2:46 pm #3117
Did this emigration block work for you? I’m considering adding it permanently, but with a configuration option to select from a range of alternate tags, perhaps MILI, IMIG, OCCU, and any others that might make interesting lists.
29th June 2014 at 3:34 am #3121
Yes and no. I tried it and immediately found I need scroll bars!! The list is 100+
The other issue was errors when I had missing birth information so age at emigration bombed out.
I can find the same info through the Advanced Search. If I settle on the kiwitrees or designer theme with the three little blocks it would not be a block I’d choose. (Like ‘On this Day’ which I used to love but now find the Calendar menu option more informative).
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