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Project: Web Page/HTML-Generation Demonstration (WebTree, for short)
Purpose: To provide online demonstration of the Web pages created by varying genealogical database products, so that viewers can see the types of "automatically" generated Web sites/pages. (For the purpose of this project, a "genealogical database" product is anything marketed for data entry of family tree information; i.e., products like The Master Genealogist, Ancestral Quest, Family Origins, Brothers Keeper, etc. -- any product specifically designed for such purposes, and NOT including spreadsheet or mailing list products.)
Special requirements: A limited 200-400 entry name-set from your own files; so that you are dealing with data actually entered and maintained via the database product you are demonstrating. This will allow you to knowingly discuss the style of HTML generation -- particularly indexing -- using data with which you are familiar.
General Description:Genealogical database products have been around for years, including the original Personal Ancestral File (PAF) product of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS); still in use by veteran researchers. The great interest by many in posting family data on the Web, now has software developers anxious to compete by providing HTML-generation abilities with their products. But there is no common approach to such "Web site" creation products. Like the Web itself, styles of data presentation vary greatly. Linking of names within a family tree site, making them easier/harder to track through multiple generations, is sometimes haphazard. Some products can handle photo images related to the data; others, can't. The quality of HTML created by some products, although apparently usable, varies when measured against HTML standards. The purpose of this team effort is to display online the varying output of several (hopefully, many) products. We're NOT trying to "rate" them, or make a good-bad comparison judgement.
There are at least two products in common circulation used for Web family tree pages which defy direct comparison with other products in this broad category: Family Tree Maker and GED2HTML. The former, as of last notice, required posting of data at their site, and does not create standalone HTML files. But, the offering of the site itself has attracted many users, meaning it must be included in our list.
GED2HTML generates Web pages from a GED file; depending upon the data fields used by the product creating the GED, this may cause a loss of some "special" data.
We do want to include such products in our overall project, but the volunteers tackling them will need to explain how they differ from other HTML-generation products. (As well as any other "special situation" products of which you're aware...please tell us...)
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