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    Tool for chess tournament coverage

    Hi All,

    I've been working on a tool for generating web sites for chess tournament coverage (especially since boggling at the very poor website coverage of the World Junior Championships).

    The tool imports data from Swiss Perfect (via SPDE files), and automatically generates a website with player lists, standings, pairings, results and cross table.

    The details are at:
    http://www.eng.uts.edu.au/~jpaxman/sp2html/
    including sample pages built from the 2004 ACT Open and Victorian Masters SP files.

    What I would like to know:
    -Do you think this is a useful tool?
    -Would you use it?
    -What features would you like to see?
    -Is there anything else that does something similar to this?

    At this stage I'm beta testing. If anyone would like a copy to test, please get in touch with me. All I want in return is:
    -keep me up to date with any web pages you have built using the tool.
    -send me a report on any bugs you find.
    -let me know what features you would like to see in the next version.

    thanks,

    Jonathan Paxman
    jpaxman at eng dot uts dot edu dot au

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    Well done

    Just wanted to be the first to say "well done" ... that's a really creative and useful response to an identified need. When I get to the point of running some tournaments down here in Melbourne I'd be happy to help with the testing process.
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    Fabulous idea.

    On first impression it seems to be quite well executed too. You may perhaps want to include a feature which makes it easy to include commentary on the tournament as well, since I assume this is meant to be used by people who aren't familiar with creating web pages at all.

    I also have a minor style comment in that I think you're abbreviating table headings unnecessarily.
    we have between us the barrier of a common language

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    WOW. Top stuff!

    Suggestion: Needs a place for big sexy sponsor logos. It would help in the selling of naming rights.

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    This is great for people without server side scripting. Good work, post stickied.

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    Thanks for the positive comments everyone. Ooh, sticky post!

    The program is still in a pretty embryonic phase, as I've only been at it for a week or so. Just wanted to get it out there as soon as possible so that I can get some feedback.

    I do plan to make it as customizable as possible so that you can create a good website without extra editing. You can also just use it to create the tables, which can be integrated with a website of your own design.

    Pax

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    Open source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaun
    Open source?
    Probably. Certainly the executables will be freely available. I probably won't release the source until the program stabilizes a bit.

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    But if you release it now, then all these smarty techies can help you, see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    But if you release it now, then all these smarty techies can help you, see.

    AR
    Maybe he IS a smarty techi
    Maybe he wants to sell it to SwissPerfect and have the two programs bundled.

    I think that woulkd be fair.

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    Yeah . . . fair enough. No reason why anyone shouldn't make money out of an innovation.

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    I've just updated the examples with my latest build:

    http://services.eng.uts.edu.au/~jpaxman/sp2html/

    The pages now look a bit better, and I have added sensible linking, e.g from the crosstable to the round results, and linked the standings and results pages to the "next" and "previous" rounds.

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    Would like to test this out for you PAX, any chance you can shoot me a copy to play with?
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    SP2HTML has undergone a fairly substantial amount of development.

    Beta version 0.5 will be released this week (probably tomorrow). The program will be available for download from the homepage:
    http://www.eng.uts.edu.au/~jpaxman/sp2html/

    Note that those who use sp2html already should only need to download the executable, not the entire installer.

    Among the changes:

    -Now reads the TRN and SCO files directly, no need to export SPDE files.
    -Added customisable colours and fonts.
    -Added federation field.
    -Changed the useless output directory chooser (now selects the output index file with MS common dialog).
    -Added tiebreak ranking and display (currently available: Buchholz, Median Buchholz and Sum of Progressive).
    -Improved use of cascading style sheets: all files use a single style.css file (which can be manually edited for more advanced customisation).
    -Added support for multi-game rounds.
    -Forfeits now displayed as "+ -" etc (thanks to the SCO file).
    -Fixed a few minor issues identified by beta testers.

    In the pipeline:
    -optional Round-robin style crosstables.
    -automatically linked pgn viewer.
    -user edited info page.

    The program seems to be taking shape, and a number of people around Australia are using it already. I would welcome more users and more feedback. Please let me know asap if you find any of the (inevitable) bugs - send me example files which induce errors SwissPerfect has a few quirks which I may not have totally covered yet.

    Jon
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    Version 0.5 has some apparent installation problems. Release is on hold until these are fully sorted (shouldn't take too long to sort out).
    Last edited by pax; 20-04-2005 at 04:39 PM.

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