The Basic Page Layout

When making a web page you have several basic layouts to choose from. You could say that the basic layout (page type) is the html framework or "sceleton". Once you have selected a basic layout the rest is up to you. You select basic page layout from the menu "Page - Basic Page Layout". At The Palview Pages are demo pages showing samples with the different page types.

The basic layouts are:

  1. The "Normal" Page (no frames - 4 variants)
  2. The Frames Page
  3. The Iframe Page
  4. The Multiple Iframe Page
  5. The Database Page (no movetext)
  6. The Crosstable Page With Game Links
  7. The Crosstable Page (no games)
  8. The Overview Page (for live broadcast)
  9. The Overview Database Page (for live broadcast)
  10. The Static Diagrams Page (not playable)
  11. The Problem Page (new to P4)
  12. The Tactics Page (new to P4)
  13. The Magazine & Viewer Page (new to P4)


The Normal Page

The "Normal" page layout is a single page (no frames) with a chess board for each game. There are 4 variants:

  1. Board, controlpanel and game text are in a table with two horizontally aligned cells; chess board and controlpanel in the left cell, game info and game text (moves) in the right. The table's background, border etc. can be formatted individually in the stylesheet.
  2. As above, but the table is formatted (background, border etc.) like the page as a whole.
  3. "Wordwrap" - the game text is on the board's right as above, but if the text is long enough it will "wrap" around the board.
  4. The chess board is centered above the move text.

The Frames Page

One chess board for all games. The board and controlpanel are in the left frame and the pgn move text is in the right frame. Games can be selected from a dropdown menu below the board. This layout is useful if you have many games or if you don't want the chess board to scroll out of view.

The Iframe Page

Single page with one iframe. In a way similar to the frames page above, but here the frames are in an I-frame - a framed page within the page so to say. One board for all games. Game selection from a drop down menu below the board. Move text in the right frame. This layout is particularly useful if you have a page with text and want a window with all the games.
Beware: This layout is not compatible with NetScape 4.* - NetScape 4.* doesn't read iframes.

The Multiple Iframe Page

Single page with an iframe for each game. Each iframe has a chessboard & controlpanel in the left frame and game text in the right.
Beware: This layout is not compatible with NetScape 4.* - NetScape 4.* doesn't read iframes.

The Database Page

Single page. One board for all games and no visible movetext. Games are selected from a drop down menu below board.

The Crosstable Page With Game Links

With this layout Palview will produce a page with a tournament or match crosstable plus a game page for every game in the pgn file (g0.htm, g1.htm, g2.htm ... g[number of games -1].htm). Clicking a game result in the crosstable will take you to the game page. Game pages are made with the "Normal" layout.
Beware: All games from the tournament/match must be in the pgn file - and do make sure that player names are spelled the same way in all games.

The Crosstable Page

Makes a single page with a crosstable, but makes no game pages.
Beware: All games from the tournament/match must be in the pgn file - and do make sure that player names are spelled the same way in all games.

The Overview Page

Only used for live broadcast with Palive. During live coverage of games the overview page will serve as a "portal" showing current diagrams of all positions with links to the actual game pages. You can have from 1 to eight columns on the overview page.

The Overview Database Page

Like the overview page above, but instead of a diagram for each game being played there's only one diagram and games are selected from a drop down menu. Usually the ordinary overview page is better, but if you cover many games the number of diagrams could make the page to heavy.

The Static Diagrams Page

This page layout has no playable games, but you can have as many diagrams as you want - if you insert
{#}
in the pgn move text, Palview will create a diagram of the position at the entry point.

The Problem Page

With this page, a set of chess problems are presented in a table, much as they would be in a chess magazine or book. This type of page was created for composed chess problems, but it can also be used for very short tactical exercises. By default, visitors have three guesses (by making moves on the board) to find the solution move. After this the solution is simply revealed.

The Tactics Page

With this page, a set of tactical exercises are presented to the visitor, one exercise per game table. Visitors to your page guess the solution to each exercise by clicking on a piece to move and then clicking on a square to move it to. By default, visitors have three guesses to find the solution move. After this the solution is simply revealed.

The Magazine & Viewer Page

Before version 4, Palview only made raw game pages which you could edit to fill in text, images etc. With the new Magazine page this has been reversed: first you make your template HTML file with text, images etc. This "HTML template" is passed on to Palview, and whereever Palview finds a special Palview command written as a non-visible HTML comment it will insert games, diagrams, crosstables etc.

Games can either be static (non playable) or dynamic game links that will open a separate window where the game can be replayed. PalMate makes it easy to insert the various commands into the HTML template, and the built-in editor also offers some basic HTML editing tools.

When using PalMate to make a magazine you control the process in 3 separate windows: one for editing the magazine HTML source, one for the magazine layout and one for the gameviewer window (that pops up when a game link is clicked).

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