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111Re: An event database

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  • Paul Blair
    Nov 18, 2006
      --- In gensoft@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Murphy" <raymur@...> wrote:
      > --- In gensoft@yahoogroups.com, Bob Melson <melsonr@> wrote:
      > ><snip>
      > >>The broadest genie software "church" I can think of is PhpGedView.
      > >>This is open source, and contributors add modules that extend
      > >>software functionality. Its use is server based, which is quite an
      > >>advantage for collaboration.
      > >>Paul
      > >>Australia
      > >While I agree that phpGedView is sufficiently flexible to allow for
      > >the programming of most, if not all, of the suggested features, it
      > >also currently suffers the limitations of a purposely simple
      > >database structure. This is not a disqualifier, certainly, but it
      > >would require refinement of that structure, and the php "code", to
      > >achieve the fine-grainedness required.
      > >If I might make a suggestion, I'd like to see a layout, even in
      > >rough form, of the various DB tables/files envisioned - that'd go a
      > >long way toward establishing the amount of effort involved, IMO.
      > > Bob Melson
      > > Texas
      > RM: It's a bit hard to bring it all together until we see what sort
      > of events are worth recording. Obviously there are too many to ever
      > become standard gedcom categories, so the way to go would be to use
      > the existing Events system but with ONE extra category - "User
      > Event". That would allow users to enter any type of event, and that
      > could also include such things as illnesses and causes of death or
      > notable characteristics that exist in families.
      > I suppose that programs that didn't use "extra events" could bypass
      > gedcom lines that had a special prefix for them. That may be possible
      > now for all I know.
      > It seems to me that the first step should be to get "extra events"
      > into lots of programs.
      > Ray

      Well, you can do that now in Legacy 6, maybe others. It has an events
      arrangement (View|Master Lists|Event Definition) which works in a way
      that allows people to be attached to events. They can be
      included/excluded in reports. A start? :-)

      I think that if you are looking for the reverse (events attached to
      people) you would run into serious opposition from the commercial
      companies who like things the way they are....

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