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[Tlf-devel] New tlf ideas

From: Martin Kratoska
Subject: [Tlf-devel] New tlf ideas
Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2011 00:28:10 +0200
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It seems that the real tlf bottleneck is in the predefined contest templates, still hardwired in the program. Any attempt to define a contest in 'CQWW like' style is definitely wrong. The 'core' tlf should be free from this debris code, the whole contest rules should be in an external ASCII definition file. All must be freely definable without the potential risk that the values entered into contest rules will be overwritten with program internal hardwired values.

Another source of potential problems is the checking routine which 'checks' if the entered received code has proper syntax and if not, it prevents the program from QSO logging progress, does not allow to send the exchange etc. This is the weak point of most contesting software, actually is only annoying part making useless any attempt to define user's own contest. Most contesting programs announcing an 'astonishing' number of supported contest (ie. TR4W). This is actually an overview of 'impotence' of the particular program, the only reasonable answer to supported contests is 'ANY'.

We should collect all types of the points distribution for a contact and all known types of multipliers. I analyzed >160 different contest rules so I should be able to create a basis of both above mentioned. Let me know if I should start this work, I assume I would need a week or two to provide a draft version.

Martin, OK1RR

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