This page is an introduction to chess publishing - or rather some tools of the trade.
If you can't wait to see what we have got - programs, fonts and graphics - follow the links directly to the relevant pages:
|Chess Diagrams||Diagram utilities. Java applets for showing games online. HTML generators.|
|Chess Fonts||A wealth of chess fonts for diagrams and figurine notation.|
|Chess Fonts FAQ||Advice about the use of chess fonts. Common problems.|
|Chess Graphics||Chess graphics (B/W) for download.|
There are various ways to make chess diagrams for print or webpages. On the page Chess Diagrams we describe and offer links to several programs and utilities (freeware and shareware). Below is an introduction to the subject.
Diagrams for print
There are two ways to make diagrams for print (like in e.g. newsletters): you either make it as a graphics file or as "text" with chess fonts.
Diagrams for webpages are always graphics, and the best formats are gif or jpg because they use less space and load faster. Some programs save the diagram as bmp (bitmap) and it could be worth your while to convert it to gif or jpg. Gif-pictures can be animated and used to show (maybe repeatedly) a few moves.
If you want to show games on your website you must realise that very few surfers actually have chessboard and pieces next to their monitor and keyboard. Surfing the net you see a lot of chess pages with games in text and with a few diagrams - just as like a printed newsletter or the like. How many of these games, do you think, are actually played through by the visitor? How often do you print a webpage? Do you have a chessboard close by when you surf the net?
Chess fonts are used for diagrams or figurine notation. Some fonts also have symbols for comments (like +- etc.) and others have symbols that can be used for illustrations or chess clipart.
Reading a publication without pictures or illustrations is like walking in a desert with no oases – be it a printed newsletter or a webpage. A picture breaks the monotony of the typeface, offers rest to the eye and often delivers a message with more punch than many a word.