... by: GC, USA
Hi; some bugs/complaints/wishes regarding the Killer Sudoku player on the web page:
First, the "Check" button doesn't ignore cells with notes, reporting many false-positive "wrong" cells. I can understand either checking (as it does now) or ignoring cells with a single note entry, but I shouldn't have to count the cells with notes to see if one of my actual solution entries so far is wrong.
Second, it doesn't accept entries from the numeric keypad -- at least on my Windows/Firefox setup, the number pad doesn't work even when Num Lock is on, in contrast to the Str8ts / 1-to-25 / regular Sudoku players and every other website and application. (The player doesn't run under IE.)
Third, the "Notes" button turns a guess into a note (going into Notes mode), though not vice-versa (leaving Notes mode with a single note in the cell). Personally I find it disconcerting that the button does more than changing modes. Which is related to...
Fourth, please consider eliminating the separate entries and notes modes, and adopting the more streamlined UI of the Sudoku and Str8ts players (multiple entries automatically become notes). (I'd also welcome an *additional* shortcut such as Mr. Pelletier's suggestion to enter single notes with Shift/Option/Command/whatever; but the zero method (like 04 or 90) is worth keeping, especially if the onscreen instructions mention it.) In any case, using the player would be much easier without needing to switch back and forth between separate modes.
Andrew Stuart writes (10-Oct-2013):
Thanks for this feedback, very useful. The killer Player is pretty old so as a first step I've replaced it with the one I build for the iPad. I hope it doesnít look too large on the web page. Keyboard entry has always worked for me, so I donít know why not on your browser. Strange. Anyway, this version should address your points except the last one. I'll take a look at alternative notes entry. There is additional things we can do now its been moved off the iPad.
Let me know what you think of this version.
Applies to both