Proposal to add standardized variation sequences for chess notation

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Mon Apr 3 18:45:01 CDT 2017

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 " at" < at>:

> 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 isn¹t 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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