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William Overington wrote on 2002-10-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Thank you for the information.

I'll have a first try to find out if I can get the images to come out
straightforwardly.

I shall try to make them the same size as the chess diagram symbols used
in this site with the same colours for a 'black' square and for a 'white'
square that are used in those diagrams.

I have it in mind to make the pieces literally solid black and white then
to place the numbers upon them in whatever colours seem to work, such as
the board square colours, though that might not be possible as the 'black'
square colour may not show up well against the white pieces: and in any
case it might make the pieces look as if they have holes cut through them.
 I will try to avoid making the figures either black or white as I feel
that that might lead to confusion over which pieces are black and which
pieces are white.

I will use Microsoft Paint to draw the pieces and try to use the 'full
stop lock and key' method described in one of my articles on
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ngo to align the numbers.  I am thinking
of preparing each number on two lines using Microsoft WordPad set for
centred text, the first of the two lines containing the number and the
second of the two lines containing just a full stop.  That will mean that
1 digit, 2 digit and 3 digit numbers can all be centred consistently.  I
have the Old English Text font so I shall have a look at using that for
the numbers first of all, but will abandon that idea if it looks wrong.

However, when producing gif files I will save the bmp from Microsoft Paint
and produce the gif files using Paint Shop Pro using an Optimized Octree
colour transformation to produce the palette for the gif file as, for gifs
using less than 256 colours, which these will be, the Octimized Octree
method keeps the original colours exactly.

My immediate design concern is how to get the big numbers onto the
triangular pieces and also keep the numbers the same size on all pieces
and keep it all legible on the screen!  An interesting challenge!

Thank you for your offer to help produce the pieces.

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