Before you go any further, there are a couple of problems, first, these pages use two chess fonts to display the games– a figurine font for the text of the game and second a piece font for each game ending position. It should look something like the graphic below. The problem being that if you don't have either of these fonts, things won't work the way they are supposed to. Solution – download them here (by the way, when you download them, download them into windows/font or the equivalent– this will install them on your system, ready to go). Otherwise, since I use XML to format and tag the content of these games, I'm afraid that for the time being you will just have to use IE5. Yes I know this sucks, but what can I say, maybe Netscape 6 (Opera? Mozilla? who knows…) will even things up again…
“Oh, and for you clever types out there who suggest that you can embed a font (or fonts) in a web document – forget it, this is not yet a viable technology.”
I said that about two years ago and things have changed slightly for the better. The Microsoft approved method for embedding fonts didn't work with non-trivial fonts then– it does now! This is mostly owing to the fact that the utility in question is third party and therefore capable of improving quickly unlike some software I know. Anyway, it will take a while to upgrade this collection, but for those with IE5.x, I've set up a sample file with the first two games from the Boise Chess Club Championship 1995. This file can be viewed without having to download the fonts the page uses.
The process of getting my tournament games onto this web page is covered in an article here. I'll expand it to include a running description of whatever hoops I have to jump through in order to deliver something approaching what I want. Interestingly enough (at least to me!) I will still use XML, but I'll translate them into html using XSL– don't you just love alphabet soup!?
UPDATE! As of 2001.4.29 I've upgraded the rendering on the available game files and I've at least downloaded the necessary software from Bitstream to take care of Netscape and Opera– anyway, that's the current plan…
UPDATE ADDENDUM! As of 2001.5.2 you can not only see
the algebraic notation and the final position diagram, you
can play through the games. I've added a java game player–
just click on the game filename, wait a bit and then next and
previous your way through all of the games in whatever
collection you were looking at.
Initially try it on
NAT95 Games, NAT2001 Games, BLIZ97 Games and BCC95
Games. UPDATE These days, the games are all
playable using other methods, so the original files linked to
have been removed. Look for them in the list below with
similar (but longer) names!
UPDATE The Next… As of Fri Mar 01 08:05:53 2002 I've changed things all over again. Found a much better solution than what I've been able to cobble together on my own at http://www.enpassant.dk/chess/palview/index.htm featuring a product called PalView (now version 3.0). I've revised all of my games accordingly although I'll leave the method I used previously in place so you can see the difference. I've also added a few more tournaments to the list below…
In the mean time, you can either wait for me to get
my act together, i.e. 1. convert to the new method for IE and
2. investigate the technology that Netscape uses, checking
for similar progress. Or you can do what I did in the
beginning, and– UPDATE Obviously by now (Sat
Jul 13 10:30:17 2002) you could easily wait forever for me to
get my act together! That being the case, enjoy what you can
and skip the rest…the instructions that follow might still be
usful in starting you on the path to your own solutions, go
ahead, give it a try! UPDATE time passes slowly up
here in the mountains (Tue Oct 05 11:03:22 2010)– hey what's
eight years or so! I'm repairing links and such, likewise
dusting off the site. You wouldn't be here unless you knew
the domain change from .com to .org. I'm sure there is stuff
I'm forgetting but hey it's not like it makes all that much
difference at this point so sit back and enjoy!
Idaho Chess Association
Idaho Chess Union
Kindly ignore the fact that the images above refer to the old site and not the current location. And for that matter are using an antique version of Internet Explorer! Like I said, time sneaks up on you when you are not paying attention and I had other things on my mind…