Proposal to add standardized variation sequences for chess notation

Michael Everson everson at
Mon Apr 3 17:46:57 CDT 2017

Markus, that there exist dozens of fonts designed for chessboard typesetting should suggest that people wish to use computers to do so. There are many, many volumes published on chess problems and there are some people who are passionately interested in that very specific intellectual pursuit. 

I really can’t see any reason to second-guess or oppose a desire to have simple and standardized way of representing that kind of data in legible plain text whose legibility can be optimized via a standardized font mechanism.

Michael Everson

> On 3 Apr 2017, at 22:44, Markus Scherer < at> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 2:33 PM, Michael Everson <everson at> wrote:
> On 3 Apr 2017, at 18:51, Markus Scherer < at> 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 isn’t 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

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