Improve Website or CD DVD HTML

This plugin improves many features of the Family Historian HTML pages created by the Publish menu Websites & Family Tree CD/DVD wizard.

  • Ensures all user URL are active hyperlinks, and optionally open in a new browser Tab/Window.
  • Allows long user URL to be displayed in abbreviated form.
  • Converts special place-holder text to a current filename or date, a ‘Close Window’ button, relative URL, or a media hyperlink.
  • Adjusts tabulated data into tidy aligned columns.
  • Offers various alternative image pop-up options, and non-image media hyperlinks.
  • Adds Table of Pictures/Reports/Downloads pages.
  • Adds an Index of Names page search filter.
  • Adds alternate & married names and identity references to the Index of Names page.
  • Creates a gendex.txt file for the gendexnetwork.org genealogical index.

See the Help & Advice for details.

Download Improve Website or CD DVD HTML V3.1

Version History

  • V3.1: Updated library functions; FH V7 Lua 3.5 IUP 3.28; Support relative URL to items within same folder;
  • V3.0:
    • Allow the Home Welcome page to use any filename instead of index.html
    • Hyperlinks / Text tab option to insert a Close Window button on the Home page
    • Load non-image Media icon files from embedded code instead of FHUG online files
    • Index of Names tab option to limit surname length in the first column of Index of Names
    • Tooltip Balloon mode disabled for Crossover, PlayOnLinux & PlayOnMac
    • Updated library modules to V2.9
    • Various other minor enhancements and bug fixes
  • V2.9: Fixes minor problems with user dialogue Media buttons and some internal features;
  • V2.8:
    • Hyperlinks / Text tab supports a {{MEDIA:file|text}} place-holder for hyperlinks
    • Media Popups tab can turn any non-image Media into icon hyperlinks
  • V2.7: On Index of Names the Search Box allows Enter or Return key to Start Search;
  • V2.6: Minor update to fix possible issues with HTML/URL encoding;
  • V2.5:
    • Hyperlinks / Text tab allows converted tabulated text to be restored to original unaligned mode.
    • Index of Names tab text Search Filter box can now be optionally added and removed.
    • Index of Names tab text Search Filter box revised to support an index up to 20,000 names.
    • Supports V6.0 Unicode character sorting in Index of Names page
  • V2.4:
    • Hyperlinks / Text tab excludes URL within <script> or <noscript> added in Wizard Step 8: Final Details
    • Hyperlinks / Text tab optionally converts tabulated text into vertically aligned columns.
    • Image Popups tab supports a new Dojo Zoomer image popup style.
    • Image Popups tab supports the Wizard Step 7 picture popup option None.
    • Index of Names tab automatically includes a text Search Filter box.
    • Index of Names tab improves the Alphabetic Lookup features.
  • V2.3: Add Table of Pictures/Reports/Downloads options;
  • V2.2:
    • Add Create GenDex tab option
    • Add Customised version Large Screen popup option
    • Use XHTML Transitional when open In new Tab or Window chosen
  • V2.1: Improve handling of anchor tag attributes without quotes;
  • V2.0: Change GUI to tabbed interface;

4 thoughts on “Improve Website or CD DVD HTML”

  1. Can your plugin work on relative hyperlinks to local pages from notes or anywhere else!

    [ V3.1 now supports relative URL ]


    Hi Mike,

    I’ve tried to run your plugin v2.9 ‘Hyperlink/Text’ tab against my own database and also the standard ‘Family Historian Sample Project’ supplied. I’m running the latest release FH version 6.2.5.

    COM exception:(.srclibrarytLuaCOM.cpp,394):A connection with the server could not be established

    All run attempts give that fatal error and the plugin stops. Any ideas/fixes under FH 6.2.5 ?

    Regards, Ian T                              04-Oct-2017

  3. The COM exception indicates there is no Internet connection to the FHUG web site. So either your Internet link was down, or the FHUG web site was down.

  4. Update. Workaround solution to “connection with server cannot be established” as suggested by Mike is now documented on FHUG Forum ‘Plugin Discussions’.

    This Plugin ‘Improve Website CD or DVD HTML 2.9’ now works fine for me; and functionally improves a FH generated Webite HTML exactly as described.

    Now rated excellent !

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