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Re: [Bug-gnubg] Call for feedback: new feature for MAT imports

From: Ian Shaw
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Call for feedback: new feature for MAT imports
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:27:07 +0000

Great idea, Philippe. This was irritating me just the other day.

Aliases sounds like a good enough name, as long as it doesn't imply you can 
alias anybody; it's just for yourself.

The only site I currently play at is DailyGammon, which allows -. and [space] 
in user names, so these should be avoided as a separator. There are no active 
users with ':' in their name, so it should be OK.

A semi-colon ';' is traditional in English grammar as a list separator, and  is 
the email address separator in MS Outlook.

Do you need to be able to escape the separator, just in case there are sites 
that allow your chosen one? So, user awkward:name would be listed as 
awkward::name or something similar.

-- Ian

> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden [mailto:bug-
> address@hidden On Behalf Of Philippe
> Michel
> Sent: 03 February 2014 22:55
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Call for feedback: new feature for MAT imports
> If you import MAT files in gnubg, you probably have noticed that various
> software and online sites vary in how they export to this format.
> Some (gnubg, jellyfish, javafibs) put the bottom player's (usually yours)
> moves in the left column of the mat file, other (xg, bgblitz2go, shg) put them
> in the right column, dailygammon even does one or the other randomly.
> As a consequence, one often has to use the "Game|Swap players" command
> to show the imported match correctly.
> I have added a "set aliases <nickname1>:<nickname2>:<etc...>" command to
> the CLI to give a list on account names that should always be imported as
> player 1 (the bottom player). I'm not sure how to include this in the GUI so 
> it
> may not be added there soon.
> If you set that to the list of your shg, dailygammon, etc... accounts, these
> matches should be not be imported upside down any more.
> I'd be interested by feedback on this. Isn't the term "aliases" too 
> misleading ?
> Is ':' as a separator ok ? The length of the parameter is limited to 63
> characters ; is this enough ? Are there sites or software that allow strange
> user names that could cause issues ? etc...
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