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[Bug-gnubg] Direction change

From: Albert Silver
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Direction change
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 10:09:41 -0300

-----Original Message-----
From: Holger [mailto:address@hidden 
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 5:37 PM
To: Albert Silver
Cc: 'Nardy Pillards'; 'GNUBackgammon bug reporting'
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] GNU match file causes crash

On Sat, 24 May 2003 11:46:02 -0300, Albert Silver wrote:
> I was using the April build due to the MET problem previously
> I already downloaded and installed the latest build with the pathname
> correction and Holgers cool direction arrows. One suggestion, would it
> be possible to have it allow one to switch the direction of the
> by simply clicking on it? That would make changing directions both
> intuitive and incredibly easy.

I'm not sure I understand exactly.

Do you mean the board orientation that one adjusts under
Settings|Options|Display|Clockwise Movement?

AS - Yes, that's what I mean.

However, I'm not entirely convinced yet. ;)
It doesn't come too naturally for me to rotate the board when clicking
on this arrow. I'd rather relate it with who's on turn and which
checkers (s)he's playing with. That's because the arrow combines
various information: IMHO first who's on turn (for that it changes
direction), then what colour this player should move, and only
finally, based on which side the arrow is, whether the outer board is
left or right.
For changing the board orientation I'd probably try to drag the arrow
from the left to the right side. But this is a bit tricky to

And: do you really change the board orientation that often? I never do

It depends entirely on whether you set up many positions up on GNU. You
see, all servers (at least Gamesgrid, MS Zone, Truemoneygames, and
Yahoo) and by default have one playing from right (at top) to left and
then right again. However, all positions, inclduing replayed games,
either on the web or in books (at least the books I've seen) display
them in the opposite direction. So in order to not have to invert the
position in my mind, I naturaly switch dircetions. I do this quite a bit
as I like to test the positions in the bot and eventually run
propositions to understand them better.




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