Like other similar tools this page is used to complete an electronic version of an ACBL Convention Card. Once completed, you can print the card so you’ll have it handy at the tables. You may also save and reopen cards for further modification, sharing, and reprinting.
At the top of the page is a Command Area. The first row of buttons in the Command Area provides the means to open, save, delete, and print completed cards. To save, open, and delete cards you must first login and, of course, to login you must first create an account. This is easy! All that you need do is to click on thebutton, fill the requested fields on the login dialog box, and click Login again.
At the bottom of the page a facsimile of the standard Convention Card can be edited by selecting the checkboxes and filling in text fields. This may be familiar since this is the way other tools operate and to some degree how you might complete a paper-based card.
There is a button labeled “Min/Max” on the first row in the Command Area used to change the view between one showing so that only those settings that have been configured and the entire card. This can be useful in ensuring that the card will be considered “adequately filled”.
Below the first row of buttons in the Command Area are Macro Buttons used to configure settings according to pre-configured, standard conventions. These operate in two modes: complete sets and individual conventions.
Complete Sets of conventions are configured by pressing a single button such asto configure the Standard American Yellow Card. The logic provided first resets the card to an original (blank) state then applies as many specific settings to encode the complete convention. This makes it quick, easy and foolproof to create standard cards or to lay a solid foundation for incremental tweaking.
Individual Conventions for style, openings, responses, overcalls, and carding are organized at the top of the window as well. These Individual Convention Macros apply as many specific settings to encode the convention without first resetting the card. This allows composition of a completed card in an incremental manner – again making it quick, easy, and foolproof.
As settings are made the background color of the Macro Buttons reflect whether they are effectively selected. As you complete the card the page cross checks your entries. If the current configuration collectively matches any of the pre-configured Macro Button settings then button's background is greyed to reflect the effective selection of the macro. This provides real-time feedback and a learning experience.
Help Hotspots are highlighted with a yellow text shadow such as SPECIAL DOUBLES. Clicking on a Help Hotspot opens documentation describing that specific area as an aid in understanding how to fill out the particular section. The help documentation references learning materials provided at acbl.org.
Many thanks to the ACBL for their excellent teaching resources and the early pioneers that provide similar, free tools to the bridge community.
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