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HtmlPedigree Help Page: Chart pedigree

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Each chart pedigree shows selected relatives of a particular base individual. This individual's name is shown in bold type, enclosed by a rectangle with a thick border.

When any box in the chart is clicked, information relating to the selected individual, if available, is displayed in the text frames. The individual's name and the enclosing rectangle are highlighted in red.

In the pedigree, a doubtful connection may be indicated by a question mark, and an illegitimate or extra-marital one by a zig-zag line.

There are three ways of navigating through the chart pedigrees:

  1. Arrows indicate parts of the pedigree not shown. When an arrow is clicked, the pedigree is redrawn to display the indicated part. Where the arrow is attached to an individual, it can indicate ancestors (when pointing backward in time) or other marriages and children (when pointing forward in time). Otherwise, it can indicate children of a family when none are shown, or additional children if only one is shown.
  2. The chart can be redrawn to show the relatives of the selected individual (highlighted in red) instead of the original base individual, by using the Redraw option of the Format menu.
  3. The format of the chart can be altered in various ways by using the Format menu. For example, the user can change the number of generations of ancestors and descendants, or choose whether to show all ancestors, or only those in the male or female lines. For further details, see the section on Menus.

The text frames can be hidden by clicking on the Chart item of the Layout menu. They will remain hidden until the user clicks the Combined item of the Layout menu (or displays a menu). Alternatively, when the text is hidden, and the Show text in new window item is selected, text will be shown in new windows when individuals are clicked on the chart. (This behaviour can be cancelled by clicking Don't show text.)

Printing charts.

First hide any text frames using the Chart item of the Layout menu, then click on the background of the chart to make sure it is selected. Choose "Landscape" or "Portrait" mode for printing, depending on the shape of the chart (in Microsoft Internet Explorer, use the "Page Setup" item of the browser's "File" menu to do this). When printing, choose the option to print the "selected frame" only. Note that if the chart is wider than the paper, the right hand side will not be printed, and if it is deeper than the paper, it will be printed on more than one sheet. There may be some minor disruption to the layout because of differences between the way text is rendered on screen and in print.