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by hgm
Tue May 19, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)

Well, I don't know that app, but it is not obvious to me how that would be different from having Acrobat reader displaying a book alongside a GUI displaying a chess board, on a PC.
by hgm
Tue May 19, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 749
Views: 79853

Re: Banksia GUI released

Note that CECP actually does define a standard mate score: Mate scores should be indicated as 100000 + N for "mate in N moves", and -100000 - N for "mated in N moves". But of course older engines do not comply with this. What you propose IMO goes way to far in the direction of allowing engines to re...
by hgm
Tue May 19, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Complete engine configuration

Well, that is your design choice to make, of course. But one must always be careful by making things 'user-friendly' by deleting features. Otherwise you run the risk of 'simplifying' a helicopter (awfully user unfriendly dashboard, takes years to master flying it) to a stone (anybody can use it, fli...
by hgm
Tue May 19, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Complete engine configuration

Well, so you are just a WinBoard basher without being able to give any useful comment on the issue at hand. If you want to imply that it is a good idea to give every engine its own PV display options, it would be more helpful to just say that, and explain the use cases that often makes you do that. ...
by hgm
Tue May 19, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)

I think this still bypasses the main question. Even when you want to feed the GUI only Chess books, and the PDF is machine-readable (i.e. not an image), it will recognize a large number of positions, moves, entire games... What do you expect it to do with that info? And should it understand the acco...
by hgm
Mon May 18, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Complete engine configuration

The purpose of a GUI is to shield the user from all that protocol nonsense. When you parse the PV all 'decorations' would disappear, and you have the moves in some internal format, which would always be the same, whether you are running Phalanx, Arasan, Crafty or a UCI engine. The GUI option would t...
by hgm
Mon May 18, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Complete engine configuration

Not sure what you mean by 'go to the configuration' if it is not a dialog. Is it a tab? I don't think that is much different: you get something else in view that covers/replaces what you were looking at before, have to do something there, and then move back. Whether it is a separate dialog and the t...
by hgm
Mon May 18, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)

Reads them to do what? Amuse the engine by reading to it from Harry Potter?
by hgm
Mon May 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Engine configuration

It seems to me that there are many settings in there that a typical user would want to be the same for every engine. E.g. how you display the engine's PV is a display matter for the GUI, and I cannot imagine that there are users that would like to see Stockfish PVs in long algebraic, and Komodo PVs ...
by hgm
Mon May 18, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: How does reverse analysis work?
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: How does reverse analysis work?

It is entirely up to the client how it does this. The simplest way (which I suppose almost everyone uses) would be to send the engine "go infinite" ('analyze mode'), and after a pretetermined time send it "stop". Then load the previous positions, and repeat. This way the client would be in full cont...