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Wimbledon scores explained

  • Ian Westbrook - Sport Interactive assistant editor
  • 5 Jul 06, 02:15 PM

During the first of Wednesday's rain breaks I thought I'd take some time out to answer the several queries we have received about the looks of our latest scores and results and order of play pages from Wimbledon.

As you can imagine, providing latest scores from Wimbledon is a huge task and one which is right at the heart of our service.

Before the website existed the only way the BBC provided live updates was on Ceefax with the scores typed in manually day after day.

Finally a computer programme was developed which made use of the All England Club scoring system to place the scores automatically on to the Ceefax service, saving vast amounts of manual effort.

The service is quick, accurate and reliable (almost all of the time!) and provides a superb service for both Ceefax and BBCi Digital Text.

Now that Ceefax and the website are one department, following our merger in February 2004, things are only done once.

Sometimes this is beneficial to the web and sometimes to Ceefax and both outputs have had to make compromises for the other or for the greater good.

One case is with the Wimbledon statistics service.

With such a good Ceefax live scores service and the ability to carry Ceefax pages inside web ones, it makes perfect sense to use this for our web output.

While we are well aware the font does not look as easy on the eye as regular web pages, the information is there and updates quickly and with our new tabs it is quick to move between the different competitions.

And the pages are still giving you what our page impressions prove you want above everything else - and that is the latest scores.

Wimbledon has been another busy time for us and our dreams of a historic British sporting double on Sunday were shattered this week by Andy Murray's defeat by Marcos Baghdatis and England's World Cup exit at the hands of Portugal.

It will still be a Super Sunday this weekend with the Wimbledon men's singles final at 1400 BST being closely followed by the World Cup final five hours later but how much better it could have been for the home faithful if Murray and England had finally put two of the biggest British sporting bogeys to rest.

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