Re: Proposal to add standardized variation sequences for chess notation

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 18:54:31 +0100

On Tue, 4 Apr 2017 01:30:05 +0100
Michael Everson <> wrote:

> > I'm trying to work out whether we need a variation sequence for
> > "chesspiece in a sentence”.
> Of course! Haven’t you ever seen chess problem texts? Check out the
> Fairy Chess proposal for encoding additional characters. Plenty of
> examples there.

Your examples did not have to contend with the possibility of fonts that
only support the variants for drawing chessboards.

> Sorry, I meant “Of course **not**!” that is, chesspiece in a sentence
> is extremely common, and should be the default (not stylized) form.
> We can’t repurpose that to be “chesspiece on a white square” because
> it hasn’t been previously and changing that would affect the layout
> of existing data.

But would not your proposal make it legitimate for a font to supply
only chess pieces on dark backgrounds for the chess piece characters?

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