In the lord's year 1050
We do not know who held the papal seat.
Emund the Old held the Swedish throne.
Edward the Confessor held the English throne.
House Wessex re-ascends.
6 -4 8 -14 8 -7 7
Your roll : 15 gives the result Crippling Incident
Your roll : 1 gives the result Lose a relative or loved one
Your roll : 2 gives the result Crippling incident
|1||Loss of member or peripheral member||2||Gain a Major enemy|
|3||Gain Bad reputation 1d6*4 Xp||4||Gain Good reputation 3d6*2 Xp|
|5||Averted a major disaster. Gain 1d3 allies||6||Gain a Team Member|
|7||Heroic Sacrifice, Lose a team member, gain 1d6 Good reputation||8||Save the world. Nobody knows|
Your roll : 3 gives the result Gain Bad reputation 1d6*4 Xp
EasyTimeline - Generate graphical timelines from a simple script 1b. Example of what not to do: A history of the BBC
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This timeline is based on a text only timeline in the English Wikipedia. Unlike similar timelines this one was a pain in the neck to create, and is still unsatisfactory (texts too small).
Reasons why this was no fun:
The original html table contains long texts, loaded with trivia, which makes a one on one conversion impossible. Also the table contains too many events, often of lesser importance, which occurred close together in time. Hence with default settings many texts overlapped. Shortening texts, adding line breaks, repositioning overlapping texts (with shift attribute) was a painstaking process, that went through many iterations. It was done offline. When you do this in an interactive session directly in Wikipedia, with its it unpredictable reponse times, you might need even more time than I did and give up.
Lesson learned: do not try to copy/paste a verbose textual timeline into an editor in order to adapt it to EasyTimeline syntax. Instead build it from the ground up, event by event, be selective, make catchy concise statements. Graphical timelines should offer a grand perspective, too many details takes this away.
You will find the script below. <timeline> ImageSize = width:1000 height:1500 PlotArea = left:40 right:10 bottom:40 top:10 DateFormat = dd/mm/yyyy Period = from:1922 till:2004 TimeAxis = orientation:vertical format:yyyy AlignBars = justify
id:canvas value:gray(0.9) id:grid value:gray(0.8) id:red value:rgb(1,0,0)
ScaleMajor = increment:5 unit:year start:1925 grid:grid ScaleMinor = increment:1 unit:year start:1922 grid:grid
BackgroundColors = canvas:canvas
Define $leftdw3 = shift:(-25,-15) align:right Define $leftdw2 = shift:(-25,-10) align:right Define $leftdw1 = shift:(-25,-5) align:right Define $left = shift:(-25, 0) align:right Define $leftup1 = shift:(-25,+5) align:right Define $leftup2 = shift:(-25,+10) align:right
Define $rightdw2 = shift:( 25,-10) align:left Define $rightdw1 = shift:( 25,-5) align:left Define $right = shift:( 25, 0) align:left
bar:BBC color:red shift:(25,-5) width:25 fontsize:XS mark:(line,white)
from:start till:end # this draws the actual bar
at:16/02/2004 $leftdw1 text:"Network news titles relaunched in the style of BBC News 24 - Feb 16" at:08/12/2003 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 8 - BBC News 24 relaunched again with a new set and titles,~as well as a new Breaking News sting." at:09/02/2003 $leftdw1 text:"BBC THREE is launched in a simulcast with BBC TWO. It replaces BBC Choice - Feb 9" at:02/03/2002 $rightdw1 text:"Mar 2 - BBC FOUR is launched in a simulcast with BBC TWO. It replaces BBC Knowledge" at:11/02/2002 $leftdw1 text:"CBBC Channel and CBeebies begin broadcasting on digital TV - Feb 11" at:03/03/2001 $leftup1 text:"Bomb explodes outside Television Centre (atrributed to IRA) - Mar 3" at:15/09/2000 $right text:"Sep 15 - Final edition of Breakfast News on BBC1" at:01/06/1999 $leftdw1 text:"BBC Knowledge starts broadcasting on digital services - Jun 1" at:20/05/1999 $right text:"May 20 - The BBC's digital teletext service starts" at:15/11/1998 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 15 - Public launch of digital terrestrial TV in the UK" at:23/09/1998 $leftdw1 text:"The BBC launches BBC Choice, first new TV channel since 1964 (only digital). - Sep 23" at:15/08/1998 $rightdw2 text:"Aug: BBC's domestic TV channels available on Sky Digital's satellite service" at:09/11/1997 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 9 - BBC News 24, the Corporation's UK television news service launched" at:04/10/1997 $leftdw1 text:"Current corporate identity adopted, new logo introduced, cost £5m - Oct 4" at:28/02/1997 $rightdw1 text:"Feb 28 - BBC sells out to CTS for £244 million, preparing for digital age" at:25/12/1996 $leftdw1 text:"The Christmas Day episode of Only Fools and Horses,~24 million viewers, largest TV audience in 20 years - Dec 25" at:07/06/1996 $rightdw1 text:"Jun 7 - The BBC is restructured by John Birt. BBC Broadcast will~commission programmes, BBC Production will make them" at:15/01/1995 $leftdw1 text:"World Service Television is renamed BBC World Jan" # date unknown at:28/03/1994 $rightdw1 text:"Mar 28 - Radio 5 is renamed Radio 5 Live, focus on news and sport only" at:01/11/1992 $leftdw1 text:"The satellite TV channel UK Gold starts broadcasting - Nov 1" at:14/10/1991 $right text:"Oct 14 - World Service TV launches its Asian service" at:31/08/1991 $left text:"First official BBC broadcast in stereo, using the NICAM system - Aug 31" at:31/07/1991 $rightdw2 text:"Jul 31 - The BBC's Lime Grove studios close" at:15/04/1991 $leftdw1 text:"The World Service Television News service is launched.~Carries advertising, unlike radio counterpart - Apr 15" at:05/09/1990 $rightdw1 text:"Sep 5 - New BBC building at White City opens" at:27/08/1990 $leftdw2 text:"Radio 5 begins broadcasting - Aug 27" at:21/11/1989 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 21 - Television coverage of proceedings in the House of Commons begins" at:20/09/1988 $leftdw1 text:"The Radio Data System (RDS) launches - Sep 20" at:01/09/1988 $rightdw1 text:"Sep 1 - BBC External Services is renamed the World Service" at:27/10/1986 $leftdw1 text:"BBC1 starts a full daytime television service - Oct 27" at:01/04/1986 $rightdw1 text:"Apr 1 - All commercial activities of the BBC are now handled by BBC Enterprises Ltd" at:23/01/1985 $leftdw1 text:"Television coverage of proceedings in the House of Lords begins - Jan 23" at:17/01/1983 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 17 - BBC Breakfast Time UK's first breakfast television service is launched" at:02/09/1979 $leftdw1 text:"Subtitling of television programmes on CEEFAX begins - Sep 2" at:03/04/1978 $rightdw1 text:"Apr 3 - Regular radio broadcasts from Parliament begin" at:23/09/1974 $leftdw1 text:"Regular CEEFAX teletext service begins - Sep 23" at:15/03/1973 $rightdw1 text:"Mar: Experimental CEEFAX teletext transmissions begin" # date uknown at:23/10/1972 $leftdw1 text:"The BBC announces plans for CEEFAX teletext service - Oct 23" at:03/01/1971 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 3 - Open University programmes start on both radio and television" at:15/11/1969 $leftdw1 text:"BBC1 starts broadcasting in colour (simultaneous with rival ITV) - Nov 15" at:08/11/1967 $right text:"Nov 8 - BBC Local Radio starts. The first station is BBC Radio Leicester" at:30/09/1967 $leftup1 text:"BBC Radio 1 is launched, as a response to the threat from pirate radio stations.~Light, Third and Home services are renamed Radios 2, 3 and 4 - Sep 30" at:01/07/1967 $rightdw1 text:"Jul 1 - Regular colour TV transmissions (625 lines) begin on BBC2,~starting with the Wimbledon tennis championships" at:25/06/1967 $leftdw3 text:"The first worldwide live satellite programme, Our World, is televised - Jun 25" at:01/05/1965 $rightdw1 text:"May 1 - The General Overseas Service is renamed the BBC World Service" at:20/04/1962 $leftdw1 text:"BBC2 starts broadcasting (on 625 lines); existing channel is renamed BBC1 - Apr 20" at:28/08/1962 $rightdw1 text:"Aug 28 - Experimental stereo radio broadcasts begin" at:29/06/1960 $leftdw1 text:"BBC Television Centre opens in Shepherd's Bush - Jun 29" at:16/10/1958 $rightdw1 text:"Oct 16 - Britain's longest running children's television show Blue Peter starts" at:05/05/1958 $leftdw1 text:"First experimental transmissions of a 625-line television service - May 5" at:25/12/1957 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 25 - First TV broadcast of the Queen's Christmas Day message" at:10/10/1955 $leftdw1 text:"Alexandra Palace begins test transmissions~of a 405-line colour television service - Oct 10" at:02/05/1955 $rightdw1 text:"May 2 - The BBC begins broadcasting on VHF (FM), using the Wrotham transmitter" at:02/06/1953 $leftdw1 text:"The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey~is televised by the BBC, 20 million viewers (est.) in Britain - Jun 2" at:27/08/1950 $rightdw1 text:"Aug 27 - First live television from the European continent,~using BBC outside broadcast equipment" at:21/05/1950 $leftdw1 text:"Lime Grove television studios open - May 21" at:26/12/1948 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 26 - The first Reith Lecture is broadcast on radio" at:29/07/1948 $leftdw1 text:"The London Olympic Games is televised - Jul 29" at:09/11/1947 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 9 - First use of telerecording: the Service of Remembrance from the Cenotaph~is televised live, and a telerecording shown that evening" at:29/11/1946 $leftdw1 text:"The Third Programme starts broadcasting on radio Nov 29" at:07/06/1942 $rightdw1 text:"Jun 7 - BBC Television broadcasts (405 lines) resume after the war.~The first programme shown is the interrupted Mickey Mouse cartoon" at:29/07/1945 $leftdw1 text:"Regional radio programming resumes, and the Light Programme starts - Jul 29" at:07/01/1940 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 7 - Forces Programme starts on radio, precursor of the post-war Light Programme" at:01/11/1939 $leftup2 text:"The BBC Television Service is suspended,~in the middle of a Mickey Mouse cartoon (Mickey's Gala Premiere),~due to the imminent outbreak of the Second World War.~On radio, the Home Service replaces National and Regional Programmes - Sep 12" at:29/09/1938 $right text:"Sep 27 - European Service starts on radio, broadcasting in French, German and Italian.~Portuguese and Spanish are added before the start of WW II" at:30/04/1938 $leftdw2 text:"First BBC coverage of FA Cup - Apr 30" at:03/01/1938 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 3 - The BBC begins broadcasting its first foreign-language radio service, in Arabic" at:21/06/1937 $leftdw1 text:"1st TV coverage of Wimbledon Tennis Championships - Jun 21" at:12/05/1937 $rightdw1 text:"May 12 - First use of TV outside broadcast van,~for the coronation procession of King George VI" at:02/11/1936 $leftdw1 text:"The BBC opens the world's first regular high-definition television service,~from Alexandra Palace - Nov 2" at:25/12/1932 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 25 - King George V first monarch to deliver a Christmas Day message by radio" at:19/12/1932 $leftdw1 text:"The Empire Service (precursor of the World Service) launched - Dec 19" at:22/08/1932 $rightdw2 text:"Aug 22 - First experimental television broadcast from Broadcasting House" at:01/05/1932 $leftdw1 text:"Broadcasting House, the BBC's headquarters, is opened May 1" at:14/07/1930 $rightdw1 text:"Jul 14 - Transmission of first experimental television play,~'The Man with the Flower in His Mouth'" at:20/08/1929 $leftdw1 text:"First transmissions of John Logie Baird's experimental 30-line television system - Aug 20" at:01/01/1927 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 1 - The British Broadcasting Company becomes the British Broadcasting~Corporation, when it is granted a Royal Charter.~Sir John Reith becomes the first Director-General" at:04/05/1926 $leftdw1 text:"The General strike begins.~The BBC broadcasts five news bulletins a day as no newspapers are published - May 4" at:01/07/1925 $rightdw1 text:"First BBC shortwave transmissions are broadcast from Daventry's Borough Hill" # date unknown at:23/04/1924 $leftdw1 text:"First broadcast by King George V,~opening the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium - Apr 4" at:28/09/1923 $rightdw1 text:"Sep 28 - First publication of the Radio Times listings magazine (price 2d)" at:18/01/1923 $leftdw1 text:"The UK Postmaster General grants the BBC a licence to broadcast Jan 18" at:08/01/1923 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 8 - First outside broadcast" at:14/11/1922 $leftdw2 text:"First BBC broadcasts Nov 14" at:18/10/1922 $rightdw2 text:"Oct 18 - The British Broadcasting Company is formed"
textcolor:black fontsize:XS pos:(60,17) text:"This timeline has been produced with meta:EasyTimeline." pos:(60,7) text:"by Erik Zachte, author of EasyTimeline." pos:(350,17) text:"Warning" textcolor:red pos:(390,17) text:"Think twice before you start converting a text intensive timeline like this." pos:(350,7) text:"In this case text editing, inserting line breaks and repositioning overlapping texts was not easy at all."
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