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Re: [gnugo-devel] different colors for black and white stones in ascii m

From: Heikki Levanto
Subject: Re: [gnugo-devel] different colors for black and white stones in ascii mode
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 20:07:55 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 10:38:13AM -0500, Joseph Piché wrote:
> Currently, ASCII mode does not use colors except in debugging. But it
> is a good question to bring up. Is this something we want to do? If
> so, what colors? I guess one option is making the board a different
> color and keeping the stones Os and Xs. Another is simply making the
> Os and Xs different colors.
> It wouldn't be that hard to do, but the bigger question is what kind
> focus do we want to put to the CLI now that most people use some GUI.
> Should the CLI default be switched to GTP?

I think a colorful ascii display might be nice to have - as long as it is
optional, so that it still is easy to pipe output to files etc. If I remember
right, there is a (Linux-specific?) syscall to determine if the std input
and/or output is connected to a terminal. Perhaps that could be used for
setting the default for the coloring, with command-line options to force it
either way.

This is just my personal opinion, of course. I'd put most weight on the
opinion of those who would do the actual coding, and/or serious arguments for
and against.

  - Heikki

Heikki Levanto   "In Murphy We Turst"     heikki (at) lsd (dot) dk

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