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BBOalert : replacement of Full Disclosure tool

#1 User is offline   stanmaz 

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Posted 2019-December-18, 08:52

I have found that playing artificial bidding systems on BBO is not practical because explaining each alerted call is time consuming and therefore frustrating. To resolve this problem, I have developed BBOalert add-on for currently used Web browsers : Firefox and Chrome.

BBOalert replaces the "Full Disclosure" tool which is no longer supported. Artificial bidding sequences can be predefined in a simple text file. Explanations entered manually during the game are recorded for future use.

The user can also define keyboard shortcuts for frequently used phrases.

This add-on is compatible with Firefox browser on Linux, Windows and Android platforms. It can be installed directly from Firefox repository using the link :

https://addons.mozil.../addon/bboalert

BBOalert is also compatible with Chrome and can be installed manually from project source code.

For more details, visit project's site :

https://github.com/stanmaz/BBOalert

I would appreciate any comments, especially constructive critics. Post your comments here or use stanmaz.git@gmail.com for direct contact.
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Posted 2019-December-18, 10:21

I haven't yet looked at it, but I applaud your initiative. I think that automatic disclosure will have an important role in the future and that BBO gave up too quickly on the idea (as distinct from the implementation).

I don't know if you have seen discussions like this one, but your thoughts would be welcome and useful there too.
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Posted 2019-December-18, 11:11

Thanks very much for taking the time to do this.

I doubt that I can give this a serious look until I'm back from my January vacation, but I fully intend to do so...
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Posted 2020-January-18, 14:24

I found alert helper also useful but only works in the oldest BBO.exe

Will your program work in the newer edge browsers that dont use flash, but html5?
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Posted 2020-January-19, 05:05

View Postpigpenz, on 2020-January-18, 14:24, said:

I found alert helper also useful but only works in the oldest BBO.exe

Will your program work in the newer edge browsers that don't use flash, but html5?

As far as I know, Edge does not support Chrome extensions. I recommend you to use Firefox and to install BBOalert extension directly from Mozilla repository. If you have any specific problems with BBOalert, write me a mail : stanmaz.git@gmail.com
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Posted 2020-January-19, 12:39

just took a brief look at it yesterday....alert helper you had to edit the base.info with notepad++++
what it does is give you a brief example of bids and their meanings.....if you could make a basic
2/1 file that could load into notepad to use would be a great help, I am more visual than wanting to read a script.
it would make it real easy. .....In alert helper ...first thing you do is save a copy of the basic 2/1 file then rename
it to what you want so when you edit it you have it saved and resaved when you edit it some more


this is an example of their one of their files



` keep ` `-
` keep 000000 `General Resp `-
============
` keep 008000 `F-NT `Forcing NT 1 round force
` keep 008000 `2/1 `2/1 12+ hcp game force
` keep 008000 `J-2NT `13-16 hcp 4+ card fit
` keep 008000 `Splinter `Splinter shortage in bid suit
` keep 008000 `3c `Bergen raise good
` keep 008000 `3d `bergen raise distributional


123456789012345678901234567890123456789 Alerts are limited to 39 chars

` keep ` `-
` keep 000000 `1NT Responses `-
=============
` keep a95f00 `2C-stay `Maj suit Ask (stayman)
` keep a95f00 `2C-non `Maj suit Ask NO promise of 4 card Maj
` keep a95f00 `2D(h) `transfer to !H
` keep a95f00 `2H(s) `transfer to !S
` keep a95f00 `2S© `transfer to !C
` keep a95f00 `2NT(d) `transfer to !D
` keep a95f00 `3c `puppet stayman
` keep a95f00 `3d `invitational !d
` keep a95f00 `3h `3154
` keep a95f00 `3s `1354
123456789012345678901234567890123456789 Alerts are limited to 39 chars
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Posted 2020-January-20, 16:10

View Postpigpenz, on 2020-January-19, 12:39, said:

just took a brief look at it yesterday....alert helper you had to edit the base.info with notepad++++
what it does is give you a brief example of bids and their meanings.....if you could make a basic
2/1 file that could load into notepad to use would be a great help, I am more visual than wanting to read a script.
it would make it real easy. .....In alert helper ...first thing you do is save a copy of the basic 2/1 file then rename
it to what you want so when you edit it you have it saved and resaved when you edit it some more


this is an example of their one of their files



` keep ` `-
` keep 000000 `General Resp `-
============
` keep 008000 `F-NT `Forcing NT 1 round force
` keep 008000 `2/1 `2/1 12+ hcp game force
` keep 008000 `J-2NT `13-16 hcp 4+ card fit
` keep 008000 `Splinter `Splinter shortage in bid suit
` keep 008000 `3c `Bergen raise good
` keep 008000 `3d `bergen raise distributional


123456789012345678901234567890123456789 Alerts are limited to 39 chars

` keep ` `-
` keep 000000 `1NT Responses `-
=============
` keep a95f00 `2C-stay `Maj suit Ask (stayman)
` keep a95f00 `2C-non `Maj suit Ask NO promise of 4 card Maj
` keep a95f00 `2D(h) `transfer to !H
` keep a95f00 `2H(s) `transfer to !S
` keep a95f00 `2S© `transfer to !C
` keep a95f00 `2NT(d) `transfer to !D
` keep a95f00 `3c `puppet stayman
` keep a95f00 `3d `invitational !d
` keep a95f00 `3h `3154
` keep a95f00 `3s `1354
123456789012345678901234567890123456789 Alerts are limited to 39 chars

AlertHelper and BBOalert are complementary. AlertHelper serves the same purpose as AutoHotKey (Windows) or AutoKey (Linux) : text expansion or/and shortcuts. The difference is that AlertHelper allows to make the selection graphically instead of using keystrokes. Depending on the bidding context, the user has still to make the right choice, depending on bidding context, and paste the result into the BBO page.

BBOalert is a fully automated alert system instead. It remembers alerted calls and their bidding context. Next time, in the identical situation, the call will be automatically alerted without user's intervention. It saves time because you alert only once. You can also start with a predefined set of basic bidding sequences and let the software add alerts as they come during the game. Instead of editing the data file by hand, you can use BBO's "Teaching Table" option to simulate bidding context and to generate data.

BBOalert is a tool for people using an artificial bidding system like ours : in our system there is no one single non-alertable opening. Frequently, only the final bid is natural. By using BBOalert I avoid to repeat the same story again and again. As the data file has a very high degree of readability, it can be used to document the entire bidding system in all details. We use a cloud based collaborative editor (Google Docs) with the guarantee that me and my partner use exactly the same data in real-time.

As I mentioned : I am willing to discuss about more details through e-mail (stanmaz.git@gmail.com).
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