[Computer-go] JSON game format

Don Dailey dailey.don at gmail.com
Sat Aug 18 05:01:23 PDT 2012

One of these suggestions come around every year or so.    It used to be
that "we should use XML" and we would hear that a couple of time per year
or so.

Personally I don't care for SGF  but I'm a firm believe that if it's not
broken,   don't fix it.     I suggest you simply build a tool to translate
from and to XML and publish that tool.    There could be javascript and php
versions of those routines and perhaps also java and other languages.

I do appreciate json and believe it to be elegant and if this wheel were
not already invented I probably would be in favor of json.


On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM, Petr Baudis <pasky at ucw.cz> wrote:

>   Hi!
> On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 09:07:19PM +0100, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
> > SGF has rather limited metadata, JGF could standardise at least part
> > of this...
> > examples might include:
> > Location: ie GPS or similar
>   PC[]
> > Timing of moves see javascript date object
>   BL[], OB[] etc.
>   I think the most obvious representation as JSON is a straightforward
> syntactic translation from SGF, and a common chunk of javascript code
> can serve as that... The next step can be to have an option to generate
> SGF.json directly but I don't see a great case for that except for
> optimization of particular webapp setups.
>                                 Petr "Pasky" Baudis
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