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RE: [Bug-gnubg] FEATURE SUGGESTION: Starting in Edit mode vs. Starting a

From: Misja Alma
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] FEATURE SUGGESTION: Starting in Edit mode vs. Starting a new session
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:08:32 +0200

I think to start in edit mode is a very good idea. When I just knew gnubg I
found it very confusing that I had to start a session before I could edit a
new position.


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Van: address@hidden
[mailto:address@hidden Ian Shaw
Verzonden: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 11:04 AM
Aan: GnuBg Bug (E-mail)
Onderwerp: [Bug-gnubg] FEATURE SUGGESTION: Starting in Edit mode vs.
Starting a new session

I have a suggestion I would like to discuss. Many of us use gnubg to analyse
positions that aren't part of a match. We like to simply start gnubg and get
on with it. At present we have to start a match or game to do so.

What would be the effect if gnubg started in edit mode by default?

I don't think it affects the case where you want to play. You still click on
New, as before.
People who want to analyse would be better off because they don't have to
start a game. I suggest that gnubg automatically starts a money game session
(suppressing messages) and enters edit mode.

The pieces should be in the bearoff trays. This is analogous to opening a
real board. In fact, this is a visual cue to the user that something needs
to be done, and should lead the new user to find the New button more easily.
At present it is not immediately obvious what to do to start a game because
the board looks ready - it is easy to spend some time clicking randomly to
try getting a game started.

Thinking about the mechanics of starting a match a bit more...

I think the New dialog window should do a bit more in the way of automatic
setting up player names.

I suggest that when Gnu Backgammon is one of the players, that player should
automatically be named Gnubg Expert or Gnubg Supremo, etc as appropriate.

It may also be a good idea to change the "vs. Human" static text to a data
entry field, pre-filled with the appropriate name from the saved settings.

This may well lead us to playing with the "correct" names, which will be
more satisfying than settling for the names we happened to be using the last
time we saved settings.

-- Ian

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