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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-09-30
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. ffen2diag: a tool to make chess and fairy / variant chess diagra. A tool to make chess and fairy / variant chess diagrams.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
William Overington wrote on 2002-10-01 UTC
An interesting matter is that when I sent in my two entries for the 84 spaces contest I sent in both entries as plain text emails, the web pages being produced by the people at the webspace. I saved the web page files for both Tree garden chess and Herb garden chess to local hard disc storage. However, when looking at them offline some time later, the diagram in the Tree garden chess page displayed properly but the diagram in the Herb garden chess page did not. Investigating the source code of the pages I found that the diagram in the Tree garden chess page is constructed directly from gif files whereas the diagram in the Herb garden chess page is constructed with the ffen2diag2 routine. So, if someone wishes to make a copy of the Herb garden chess page to a local disc and then look at it later offline, perhaps saving the collection of files to a floppy disc so as to show the game to someone when visiting their office, there is a problem over displaying the diagram. Is there a way around this or does a diagram which one wishes to view other than online need to be constructed using gif files directly rather than use the ffen2diag2 routine? For example, could there be a support pack for the script so that one can download that to the local disc as well, so that diagrams can show properly when a web page is displayed offline please? I like the idea of using the script to make diagrams as it saves a lot of work in producing a list of gif files. However, there do seem to be support issues over someone wishing to simply save a web page directly to a floppy disc in a public library and then taking the disc to another PC in another place for offline viewing. I wonder if a good idea might be to offer the algorithm of the Javascript routine in the form of a tool for offline use in the preparing of lists of gif files so as to facilitate the drafting of a web page which has a diagram composed of gif files in the conventional manner. In that way, an end user would have the advantage of the web page being capable of being saved for offline use in a straightforward manner and the designer of a web page would have the advantage of easier preparation of diagrams.