What is this database about?
This database's purpose is to help you writing chess composers' names. The question is especially interesting if the original writing uses a less common alphabet. Nowadays Unicode is supported by many text processing systems and data bases, allowing us to write and display all characters ever needed.
The database contains writings of chess composers' names
In addition, you'll find
You can look up the writings of the name of a composer to paste them into your documents.
Several chess collections use the tables, too. You can select Original Language or Unicode as language for names on the PDB search page for displaying authors and sources in a defined standard language or the original language, respectively. Yet another chess problem database + wiki regularly tranforms new information about authors from the tables into its own system.
The more complete these tables become, the better will be your chances to write all foreign alphabet names in the same transliteration or transcription, which will give your document a desirable unity.
How do I work with it?
This database has two basic usages:
How do I look up information?
The easiest way to look up a composer is by using the Find form. For a simple search just fill in the appropriate fields; consult the
Alternatively, you can page through the composers' list.
In the composers' list, click on any information element to display the details about the respective composer.
How can I contribute?
Contributing to this database typically means adding or modifiying informations about composers. To be able to do that, you have to be logged in as an editor.
To become an editor, please register. Your registration will be automatically signaled to an administrator who will grant you editor rights as soon as possible. From then on, controls for editing content will be at your disposal after you have logged in.
Structure of the database
The central table of the database is called
Some basic linguistics
The previous paragraph used two linguistic terms without defining them:
Both transcriptions and transliterations transform a group of one or more characters of a source alphabet into a group of one or more characters in a destination alphabet based on a set of criteria.
A transcription will apply transformations that make it easy for a person reading the text in the destination language to pronounce the transformed characters. The Cyrillic character
The governing criterion in scientific transliteration is that it be "lossless"; a name written in the Cyrillic alphabet can be transliterated into the Latin alphabet and back into the Cyrillic alphabet without ambiguity. The Cyrillic character
How did the database start?
This database was started in July 2005 based on the authors' tables of the PDB. These tables were originally created by Norbert Geissler.
What does Unicode mean?
The Unicode project aims at mapping every character known to be used on earth to a distinct number, its so-called "code point". Documents whose so-called "encoding" is based on Unicode can thus contain characters from various alphabets, including these very important characters.
Nowadays, the leading office tools suites such as Microsoft Office or OpenOffice support Unicode very well. An appropriate font (such as Arial Unicode MS) may have to be selected to allow all characters in a document to be displayed, though. See also Fonts and software resources for the Unicode Character Set if you have problems displaying Unicode characters.
Terms of Usage
This database is meant to be used freely and without hassle. Databases such as this one will only "fly" if many people collaborate, though.
The database may therefore be used under the following terms:
These terms are solely enforced by your conscience.
Oh, and in case you wonder