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Perhaps there should be a message board devoted to the sole
purpose of discussing problem development. Potential topics
might be how to expand the tester to cover different types
of problems or test solutions in unique ways, as well as
possible changes to how problems are presented to contestants.

For example, I'd like to propose one feature. Currently it
seems that problem descriptions can only be presented as
plain text. How hard would it be to change that to some
sort of pseudo-html? That would give problem designers much
more flexibility in describing problems. For instance, it
would allow us to control layout better, by using
proportional width fonts for the descriptions, fixed width
fonts for code and examples, etc. It would also be very
useful to be able to embed (small) figures or images. I
understand that if the total size of the problem description
in bytes becomes too large, it would affect the scores of
those with low bandwidth in a negative manner. But, if you
impose some sort of reasonable limit, and add some technical
tricks (I have a few ideas), you can get the text to the
user at the same speed as currently, while letting figures
load at leisure (and a size limit could be imposed on
figures). I have a couple of problems in mind where it
would be very difficult for me to describe the problem
without presenting a diagram, and would make it much harder
than it needs to be for the contestant to solve it without
having a figure to present a good example.
Subject Author Date
Problem Development Logan Jul 19, 2001 at 10:06 PM EDT
Re: Problem Development Pops Jul 19, 2001 at 11:11 PM EDT
Re: Problem Development Logan Jul 19, 2001 at 11:37 PM EDT
Re: Problem Development wyzmo Jul 20, 2001 at 6:59 AM EDT
Re: Problem Development frunk Jul 20, 2001 at 6:34 PM EDT
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