1. The primary or earliest place name or state name along with an introduction.
2. A sizable gap here, indicated by the space between the introduction
and the start of the vertical 'timebar' line, indicates a gap in our knowledge
between the beginnings of the state and our first information about
3. The first ruler (usually in black unless otherwise indicated)
or the first available background information or major events (in plum).
4. A break in the vertical 'timebar' line indicates a gap in our knowledge
regarding events or rulers within the state.
5. All links now become underlined when you hold your mouse
pointer over them in order to make them more obvious.
6. Joint rulers or regents are shown inset from the
timebar line with a
small shaded bar before their name.
7. Important relatives who never reigned, or
individuals who made a bid for power or who upheld a rival claim to
a throne, are shown with a shaded backing.
8. Rulers who are usually known through written
sources written centuries after the event, and who are usually
considered to be legendary or semi-mythical at best, are usually
shown with a pink backing. Alternative (and quite possibly
conflicting) data from different sources is often shown in another
text colour, such as green, red or grey.
9. There are new buttons for links which lead to
relevant features, maps, special indices
('Index'), and which open pop-up windows with extra information
10. Shorthand text is often used in the limited
space in the notes column. The following conventions are used:
- m. = married
- dau = daughter
- b. = born
- d. = died
Please note that no style is exclusive. There may be slight
variations of usage throughout the site to fit in with regional
differences or unusual circumstances.
In the appropriate places, pictures are included in
some lists. The styling is the same as for feature pages, and will
always include an information bar at the bottom of the insert.
Notice in the sample below how the picture remains
linked to the vertical 'timeline' bar with no gaps above or below,
showing that there is no break in the records for this state.
A sample king list with a picture insert