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Re: [XBoard-devel] Working towards a 4.6.0 release

From: h.g. muller
Subject: Re: [XBoard-devel] Working towards a 4.6.0 release
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:30:49 +0100

At 09:41 29-12-2011 -1000, Arun Persaud wrote:
another option for saving space for "black" and "white" in the clocks would be to write the string above the time string. That way we would have a lot more horizontal space for it. The font could be sized as min(user requested, width of element) or something similar.

Have you seen how it currently looks in WinBoard (with -autoLogo on)?

there was the issue of renaming chess program to chess engine... I started this in a separate branch called engine. Would be good if people could read through the diffs and test it.

Ah, yes. I am not in favor of such unneccesary changes, and they are more relevant to translations than to the English version. People can already translate themeu items any way they want; that does not require anyy change in the English menu texts.

Engine is in fact a rather ridiculous term, and it translates very poorly in most languages. (E.g.in German you used Schachprogramm, in Dutch I use the abbreviation Schaakprog, for lack of a good translation. Arena uses 'Motor' in German, and every German I have spoken so far thinks that this is ridiculous, and sometimes even a reason to switch it to English!) The usual term for this kind of thing is plug-in (and this is indeed how the Qianhong GUI calls its 'engines'), or more specific, AI or brain module.

If we change it, I would be in favor of using 'AI-module' rather than 'Engine'. But that is as good a reason not to change it as any...


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