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Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-10-16 UTC

The Edit Comment scripts aren't working properly. Whenever I try to edit a comment it fails. Posting comments still works though.

Until I'm feeling better, I have simply reverted this to Sunday's version. I have been having fever symptoms. I had chills last night, and now I'm feeling too warm. I will continue debugging code when I'm feeling better.


Adam DeWitt wrote on 2021-10-15 UTC

The Edit Comment scripts aren't working properly. Whenever I try to edit a comment it fails. Posting comments still works though.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-27 UTC

The tag description page-scripts aren't working.

That had to do with how I mass-edited many scripts to include the headcode.php script in the HEAD section. I have now corrected it for this script.


Ben Reiniger wrote on 2021-07-27 UTC

The tag description page-scripts aren't working.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-19 UTC

To avoid making multiple sets of ebay ads, I changed the ones I had made to custom sized, then reused the same ads at different sizes. In the left sidebar, they may appear as a full-sized vertical column or up to two may appear half-sized. In the footer, ebay ads may appear as a horizontal strip. I have not put any at the top of the page or on the right sidebar, because ebay ads must be taller than the horizontal banner ads at the top, and they must be wider than the space allocated for ads on the right. I have also added code to prevent the same ebay ad from appearing multiple times on the same page.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-18 UTC

I see no e-bay adds anymore at all.

Since the Macbook is a laptop, it may not provide as wide a screen as my desktop monitor does. On my own 14.1 inch laptop, there are no ads on the left side, because the CSS is set to not display them unless the browser window is wide enough.


Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-07-18 UTC

It was #2, ads above all text, in a vertical column, on top of the page and on right side. But it doesn't show anymore this morning, I tried few pages, no more problem. You probably fixed it. I see no e-bay adds anymore at all. Thank you.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-17 UTC

From what you're saying, it is going wrong for you in two ways.

  1. It is showing the full 36 items. But it should only show a box that fits on the screen, and you should be able to see all 36 items only by scrolling this box.

  2. It is showing the ad above the content instead of to its left.

I went to test the ad for France by setting my IP's adlocale to "fr-FR", and when I went to preview this comment, an ad showed up at the top of the page. What I did yesterday was accidentally put the ad code for the left side ads in the script for banner ads that go up top. So, that accounts for #2. I have fixed that by copying the code to the correct file and deleting it from the wrong one. Were you also describing #1, or was it only #2?


Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-07-17 UTC

Fergus, in my case it's annoying.

For every page I get a long vertical strip on e-bay announcements, 36 on this page, which oblige me to scroll down a lot before I get the text I want to see.

I use Safari on a Macbook.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-16 UTC

Since the old ebay ads were no longer showing up, I have started replacing them with new ones. I liked that the old ones could be script-generated with different search terms plugged in. For the new ones, I have to manually create each ad on ebay. So, except for the United States, which is my own country and has the most visitors to this site, I am creating fewer types of ebay ads. I have mainly been working on the large ones that go on the left side on a desktop. I generally made four ads per country, the search terms being Chess, Chess Variant, and that country's own language's words for Chess and Chess Books. The Chess ads may also show items matching the recent activity of CVP visitors on ebay. Countries with more than one language got more. I made ads for Australia (AU), Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Canada (CA), France (FR), Germany (DE), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), the Netherlands (NL), Spain (ES), Switzerland (CH), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United State (US). That's the whole set of countries I can make ebay ads for. Just in case I left out a semicolon or something, let me know if you are having trouble viewing pages from your country.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-07-15 UTC

I made mass edits to most pages on the site today using sed. I added a line to all .html pages up to five or six levels deep and to all the .php files in /index/ to include the /g/headcode.php script after the HEAD tag. This is for being able to insert common code into the head section of each page. While I expect the .html files are all okay, the scripts were not all uniform in how they handled the head section. Some would include it as HTML, and some would write it with PHP code. For example, msdisplay.php was broken until I fixed it earlier this evening. So, if you come across any other script that is not working right, let me know so that I can fix it.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-06-17 UTC

I made a new logo for the home page, and I updated the smaller logo to use some of the same fonts. The word "CHESS" is in Noto Serif, the word "vArIanT" (or "VArIaNT") in Spin Cycle 3D OT, and the other words in Noto Sans. In the smaller logo, I left those words in the original font, which I think is one of the Segoe UI fonts. The Elephant and Unicorn are Musketeer Chess pieces I took a photo of together to keep them at the same scale. The Elephant is a historical piece that goes back to Chaturanga and is found in various Asian regional variants, while the Unicorn is a fairy chess piece that looks an awful lot like a certain Chess piece. Since the black Elephant appeared too dark, I tried a color gradient on the image of the two pieces and liked the result. The varying colors looked psychedelic and seemed appropriate for a site about variants. Above the word "CHESS" are the pieces of Chess. Below the word "vArIanT" are a selection of Chess variant pieces in different styles.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-05-25 UTC

I wonder if there is an option in Game Courier somewhere to have pieces rotate 180 degrees when the board is flipped?

There is no option for rotating piece images.

This is not the $flip variable in the set file, as that swaps the values for lowercase and uppercase keys when the board is flipped

That is not quite what it does. What is actually does is use the piece images in the $flipped array instead of those in the $pieces array. In case any piece labels have not been assigned to piece images in the $flipped array, it completes the $flipped array with this code:

if ($flip == true) {
    foreach ($pieces as $key => $val) {
        if (empty($flipped[$key]))
            $flipped[$key] = $pieces[flipcase($key)];
    }
}

This is useful for Shogi variants, in which the pieces on one side are usually 180° rotated images of the pieces on the other side. Note that some Shogi sets assign specific images to k and K for $flipped, because each side uses a different Kanji character for the piece, and they use the default values for the rest. Here's an example of such code:

$flipped = array (
    "K" => "WKing.gif", "k" => "flip/BKing.gif"
);

JT K wrote on 2021-05-25 UTC

I don't know enough about Game Courier to help you, but I experienced the same concern when putting one of my variant ideas onto tabletopia.com (8-Piece Chess) I eventually just decided to make piece designs that were symmetrical, because that site treats it all like a "camera" view ;)


Adam DeWitt wrote on 2021-05-19 UTC

I wonder if there is an option in Game Courier somewhere to have pieces rotate 180 degrees when the board is flipped? This is not the $flip variable in the set file, as that swaps the values for lowercase and uppercase keys when the board is flipped Such an option could be quite useful for pieces that use mnemonic symbols to show piece moves, since piece moves are flipped when the board. Maybe the board does this automatically and I am just missing it (I know this is the case when I use my phone). However, as far as I know, there is no option in Game Courier that flips that makes pieces images rotate as the board rotates. If there is, it isn't documented in the developer's guide. Either way, I think the idea is at least worth considering.


H. G. Muller wrote on 2021-05-19 UTC

I noticed that there also are links to various methods of computer play from the Play menu in the main menu bar. Shouldn't we also link to the Jocly overview page and the index page for the interactive diagrams there?


Greg Strong wrote on 2021-05-18 UTC

Your profile says your email is verified.

I sent him an email to confirm identity and then marked it as verified manually.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-05-18 UTC

I am attempting to verify my email for my account, but it seems that whenever I click on the link in the email, it just sends me to a change email form that doesn't verify the email. How can I fix this?

Your profile says your email is verified.


E. Schierts wrote on 2021-05-17 UTC

I am attempting to verify my email for my account, but it seems that whenever I click on the link in the email, it just sends me to a change email form that doesn't verify the email. How can I fix this?


digital sedition wrote on 2021-05-14 UTC

The other co-author of "A World of Chess", Rick, gave me Colonel Hải Nguyễn Quí's email address upon my inquiry. I've been having an ongoing dialog with the Colonel and another associate of his over the past week and a half. They shared a lot of relevant info with me into the current state of the game and their future plans.

I posted pictures of their new game set on BGG (different username) with their permission as well as an updated English rulebook.


Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-05-14 UTC

This game was once considered to be included in the book "A World of Chess". When you say that it has been adopted as the official chess of Vietnam, what source or element do you have to support this statement? I am interested to know.


digital sedition wrote on 2021-05-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Greetings, Thanks for doing this website. I don't see Commander Chess or Cờ Tư Lệnh in Vietnamese. This is not to be confused with the Vietnamese Chess listed here for zillions of games. Commander Chess was designed By Colonel Hải Nguyễn Quí and released in 2010. I think it's been adopted as the official Chess of Vietnam.

It's a modern warfare, sort of XianQi variant. Uses tanks, aircraft, a navy. Here's a link to the BGG for it:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/191203/commander-chess

The Colonel has been trying to share his game with the world and I know for a fact they are about to release a new Commander Chess game set and online/mobile platforms to play online as well.


Dead Account wrote on 2021-05-14 UTC

I am looking to delete my account and potentially create a new account as my current account is cluttered with a large amount of garbage from a couple years ago. Additionally, I created my account without understanding the user ID system, so my user ID is just random nonsense. However, I seem to have a glitched page linked to my account that prevents me from deleting it. Is there any way to resolve this, or should I just abandon the account altogether?


H. G. Muller wrote on 2021-05-08 UTC

Is it possible to have some custom text float to the right of the diagram?

Well, you have to make the diagram float left. The diagram design wizard already proposes that, by putting a style="float:left; margin: 0 10px 10px 0" with the <div> element used to package the diagram parameters. Any following text will then wrap nicely around it.

BTW, it is possible to have the diagram script generate a the list of pieces (plus squares coordinates) that you like to go there as a 'satellite', by putting a <ul id="xxxList"></ul> where you want the list to appear. The advantage is that the list is clickable, and then brings up the move diagram of the clicked piece. (As in the CwdA diagram, after you select an army.) But I guess that for replacing images in existing articles the lists will already exist.

Also, can we do 3 square colors for games with nightriders

The diagram can already do that (e.g. see the Caissa Britannia diagram I made), but currently it can be switched on only through embedded extra JavaScript (<script>oddShade = "#E04040";</script>). It will be totally trivial to make a 'regular' diagram parameter oddShade for it, though.


Greg Strong wrote on 2021-05-08 UTC

I fully agree that the pages should keep their current character. But in many cases it should be possible to make an Interactive Diagram that looks exactly the same as the static diagrams they have now.

Indeed.  And I see you've added additional features to make this possible.  Thank you!  I think having the "primary diagram" be one of your interactive diagrams is a worthy goal, for multiple reasons.

Of course in cases where the original setup 'image' consists of ascii art, it becomes a bit questionable whether it deserves to be preserved.

Agreed.  I think the ASCII diagrams need to go.  And, for the record, for a long, long time I felt that all pages throughout the Internet should be fully-available to text browsers, and that formatting decisions should come from the client side, etc.  As such, I opposed the direction web development was taking for a long time ... kind of like an old-school Catholic, bitter that mass was no longer recited in Latin.  But slowly I decided this paradigm shift was inevitable, whatever my personal inclinations were.  And now, I think, overall, it is probably for the better.  (Although there are still unfortunate trade-offs, such as handicapped accessibility and support for personal tastes, such as dark-mode.)  Ideally, maybe it's possible to make the ASCII description the "alt text" to the image, but that would be a TON of work that is almost certainly not the best use of my time.  As this website grows, the number of things that should be done grows faster than my time to do them, and I'm not even sure that ASCII diagrams as alt-text serves any real purpose.  (Can blind people get any value out of an ascii diagram?)

Regarding substituting interactive diagrams for main diagrams, I have a couple of questions... Is it possible to have some custom text float to the right of the diagram?  I'd still like to have the location of pieces and initial FEN displayed to the right of the diagram as in this page for example.  Also, can we do 3 square colors for games with nightriders, such as shown here?  (Only one light-square color, but the dark colors alternate per row.)  I'm not saying that either of these things is essential, but, in my mind, if we could do both of these things, replacing the primary images with interactive diagrams would be a "no brainer" (as we say in English - sorry if it doesn't translate well.  It means of course we should do it.)


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