Web based interface

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Start page

Starting page for GeneWeb.
Welcome page for a base.

GeneWeb offers a general purpose web based interface to its users. Any standard browser can be used to access a GeneWeb base, either on your Personal computer or on a remote server.

After a fresh install and a launch of the appropriate start command (depending on your environment, see xxx), a simple startup page will propose to:

  • open a GeneWeb base
  • open the GeneWeb management tool

Welcome page

Opening a base will display a welcome page organized into:

  • a search area used to explore the base
  • a tool area for reports and tools

The welcome page offers the possibility to change the global appearance of the pages through the selection of a template (in most cases, template selection will not be visible until a personal page is displayed). The template selection is maintained across the navigation through the base, and can be changed at any time, either thought a visible button, or by typing directly in the URL the text templ=template_name;.

The welcome page offers also the possibility to select another language for the user interface.

  • GeneWeb 5.02 offered this through a set of country flag icons.
  • GeneWeb 7.00 offers a set of 9 buttons for frequently used languages.

At any time, the language changed may be changed, either thought a visible button, or by typing directly in the URL the text lang=xx; where xx is the two letter code (ISO 639-1) of the language of your choice.

All the wordings of the user interface which goes through the translation process (some rare texts might escape this) are kept in a lexicon (gw/lang/lex-utf8.txt which is editable is some translation were not of your liking.

Individual pages

Personal page of Rainier Grimaldi with default template.

Individual pages display personal data associated with a person in a format which greatly depends on the template you have chosen. Most of the data on the page is "clickable" and will follow a link to another individual, or trigger the display of a list. Tools are provided in a format which depends on the GeneWeb version you are using:

  • GeneWeb 5.02: a tool-box area at the bottom of the page (template templ502)
  • GeneWeb 6.08 and later: a pull-down cascaded menu bar at the top of the page

A set of six views of the same page with templates c, d, f, h, m and 502. Note that templm brings its full power through its update froms!

Update pages

Direct link to an update page.

All data capture is performed through pages containing HTML forms organized into:

  • zones (one person, one event, a note).
  • fields (one or more lines where text can be entered).
  • checkboxes
  • buttons
  • radio buttons
  • pull-down menus

Template templm offers a large set of keyboard shortcuts facilitating navigation within families and in the base during update sessions.

On some pages, you may notice next to individuals or families a small "wrench" icon that will link directly to the update page for this person or this family.


Update page for Rainier (default template).
Update page for Rainier (templm).

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