Re: Proposal to add standardized variation sequences for chess notation

From: Kent Karlsson <>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2017 01:45:01 +0200

I can well imagine people deeply interested in chess, to want to exchange
chess board layouts
in plain text emails (or at least not use quite hard-to-handle HTML code),
and even parse them
(programmatically) for analysis by a program, not wanting to bother with
quite complex HTML/CSS stuff.
Including making input easy (keyboard, palette), just "typing" the chess
board layout (with pieces).

But for HTML pages on chess, HTML/CSS markup is certainly preferable; but it
shouldn't be impossible
to just paste in a "plain text" chess board to an HTML page (with minimal
formatting effort).
One can (fairly easily) make a program to convert the "plain text" chess
board to an HTML one.

Book formatting? Old style book formatting still cannot use as sophisticated
layouts as HTML
can... (AFAIK).

/Kent K

Den 2017-04-03 23:44, skrev "" <>:

> On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 2:33 PM, Michael Everson <> wrote:
>> On 3 Apr 2017, at 18:51, Markus Scherer <> wrote:
>>> It seems to me that higher-level layout (e.g, HTML+CSS) is appropriate for
>>> the board layout (e.g., via a table), board frame style, and cell/field
>>> shading. In each field, the existing characters should suffice.
>> That isnšt plain text.
> A lot of stuff needed for printing books and laying out PDFs and web pages
> goes beyond plain text.
> Whose requirement is it to represent an entire chess or checkers board in
> plain text?
> Other than a sort of puzzle of "what would it take to do so?"
> markus
Received on Mon Apr 03 2017 - 18:45:27 CDT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0 : Mon Apr 03 2017 - 18:45:27 CDT