Create Legacy Webpages (2)


From time to time I will be adding items to these pages giving details of how to achieve certain objectives, usually related to genealogy and the use of Legacy software, often in conjunction with other software.

I am not suggesting that the solutions offered are the only, or indeed the best, options to solving problems but simply that they are ways which I have found to work.

* 'V' indicates a video is available

  1. Using Legacy Search V
  2. Search Events, Locations and Married Names V
  3. Create an Ancestry Book
  4. Map with Google Earth
  5. History of British Prime Ministers - Timeline
  6. British Civil Registration
  7. The Murder of Adam Mather
  8. Improve Photo Colour Balance
  9. Transparency with The Gimp
  10. Masking with The Gimp
  11. Web Safe Colours
  12. Create Legacy Web Pages - Part 1
  13. Create Legacy Web Pages - Part 2
  14. Create Legacy Web Pages - Part 3
  15. Using LTools Tidy Legacy HTML
  16. Insert Pictures into Web Pages
  17. Insert RSS Feed into Web Pages
  18. Getting Online
  19. Protect Your PC
  20. Open Legacy files with Open Office V
  21. FamGenContacts Database
  22. Create Direct Line Ancestor Tree
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Expanded Graphics Tab

The Legacy Help Pages give a good resume of the options available under the Graphics Tab, so except for saying that clicking the "Select" buttons opens the choices available for each option, I will not expand on this.

Instead I am going to look at the colours. Clicking the colour block next to the "Select a solid background colour" (between the blue square and the red pin on the above screenshot) opens the limited colour palette shown on the right of the shot. Clicking the "Set" button opens the palette shown on the far left with 48 defined colours.

If this isn't enough click the "Define Custom Colours" button and the adjacent screen becomes available. To use this set the approximate colour you require from the rainbow and then click the slider on the right for the exact shade. Click "Add to custom colours" and when it shows on the left screen click the colour and OK . Alternatively one can pick a colour from the Web Safe Colours in My Blog 10 and enter the RGB decimal numbers directly into the number boxes.

Unfortunately there is no option just to insert the Hex number and as I have no wish to give a maths lesson on how to convert to decimal, the easiest way is to use the calculator which Windows kindly supplies for free. Simply remember that for #FF6789, the FF represents Red, the 67 Green and the 89 Blue (all are in Hex!).

One final point, it is not possible to change the background colours of the windows in the Pedigree format from within Legacy.

The Links Tab

Opening Page
Expanded Links Tab

Arguably the most interesting of all the tabs because here you can put almost anything! Clicking the little blue squares at the top right of each window opens enlarged windows for entering code etc. Caution is needed, however, as is is possible to end up with two "End Head" tags and two body tags as Legacy generates its own. If, as I do, one converts the Legacy pages to css then two body tags are almost inevitable and the Legacy generated one must be removed on all pages. I use PSPad to do this.

To give you some idea as to what can be included, all the coding for the headers down to the arrows on my Pedigree pages are included in the header window. Similarly all the footers from the "Ferguson Contents" etc. to the end are included in the footer window, and do not forget to save each when you are done!

The Project Tab

Yes, I know, this is what I called the "Opening Page" in Part 1! Deliberately, though, I put on one side the Introduction Window. As you will have seen, Legacy includes its own words in here but you can replace this with your own - yet again the little blue square expands the window. Even better one can also put in some coding if one wishes. My own introduction on the Contents page starts with " Good Morning" or afternoon or evening depending on the time of day in the viewer's location. Should you wish to do this the javascript coding is:

<script type="text/javascript">
var todaydate = new Date();
var timeis = todaydate.getTime();
var houris = todaydate.getHours();
if (houris >= 17) display = "Evening";
else if (houris >= 12) display = "Afternoon";
else display = "Morning";
var welcome = ("Good " + display + ". Welcome ");
// -->

Feel free to use this script should you so wish, simply copy and paste into your program.

I could have included an audio file which says the same, and one day may so do.

Your Free Gift


All other tabs are well explained in the Legacy Help Pages and are pretty much the same as for reports, giving one the opportunity to personalise the outputs. I would add one point, though and that is, when using the Pedigree format it is suggested that the sources are included in the individual's pages. The reason for this is that should the site become too large (or too complex) for uploading all the pages onto the server and hence one selects only those new or changed, then the older source references are no longer correct.

When you have perfected all your settings do not forget to use the little save button at the bottom right to save them.

Bonne Chance

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The content last updated 30 June 2010