WinDove is a visual interface to the data in Dove's
Bellringer's Guide to the Church Bells of Britain and Ringing
Peals of the World, now made available on the Central
Council's web site. In addition to various options for selecting
and sorting the data, maps showing the location of the towers can
The software is at an early stage of development, and a
prototype is available for download here.
I currently use Windows95 at home and NT4 at work, so am unable easily to
test my programs under later operating systems. I have had reports that Version
0.5 will not run under XP. Version 0.6 has been compiled with two later versions
of Visual C++. Both run under NT, but V7 does not under 95.
dove70.zip (77 kB, dated 7/5/03) is compiled using
V7 (.net) and may need dlls from redist70.zip.
dove60.zip (79 kB, dated 7/5/03) is compiled using
V6 and may need dlls from redist60.zip.
dovedat.zip (307 kB, dated 7/5/03) latest tower and map data.
File dovezip.exe (510kB, dated
7/9/02) is a self-extracting zip file containing the following:
WinDove.exe (Version 0.5)
The main program. This reads data from dove.dat and
map.dat, which should be in the working directory. Its
use should be self-explanatory. The program requires the
libraries mfc42.dll, msvcrt.dll and
msvcp50.dll, which should be in the
\windows\system directory. If necessary they can be
downloaded and extracted from redist.exe.
Data extracted from the proof edition of the Guide at http://www.cccbr.org.uk/dove.htm.
Map data containing the coastline and administrative boundaries
of Great Britain. This has been extracted from imagery available
on the Ordnance Survey web
site and is Crown Copyright.
A program to create file dove.dat from the text file.
Before running, download file dove.txt into the
- 7/5/03 Bug in ReadDove tenor weights fixed
- 13/3/03 More changes to ReadDove to deal with changed tags - compiled with newer compilers.
- 16/05/02 Changes to ReadDove to work from text file
- 29/11/00 More changes to ReadDove
- 17/10/00 Version 0.5 - changes to ReadDove for latest web
- 10/1/00 Version 0.4 - scroll over all towers in list
- 18/10/99 Version 0.3 - add control bar showing tower
- 8/9/99 Version 0.2 - user-defined fields and save options
(but see below).
Frequently Asked Questions
Where's the map? I can only see the tower listing.
The program uses a split window, with the tower listing initially
at a fixed width of 600 pixels. If the overall window is smaller
than this the map will be hidden. There is a bar to the right of
the scroll-bar that can be dragged to adjust the split between
the two windows. If you maximize the window this should be more
Why is Walton on Thames at the top in the screenshot?
The default for the map display is to be centred on Walton (it
has to be somewhere). The display above was achieved by selecting
by distance (0 to 75 - distances in km), sorting by distance, and
zooming out a couple of times (keypad -).
I would be grateful for any comments on the software, or
suggestions for improvements. Please mail
with comments, or if you wish to be informed of any updates.
Possible enhancements include the following:
The user can add personalized fields, containing numbers, dates
or text. It is possible to select or sort on these fields in the
same way as the others. Note, however, that the data in the html
files do not include a unique identifier for each tower.
Consequently ReadDove does not yet attempt to ensure that such
data remains associated with the correct tower when the
dove.dat file is updated. This will presumably be
possible when the database tables themselves become available.
Please do not spend time creating personalized data before
this feature is sorted out.
Any additional fields from the database will be included as
they are made available. The current settings for selection and
sorting are also be saved in the file.
Enhancements to Map Display
Clearly roads, rivers, etc. would be a useful addition. If anyone
knows of sources of such (free) data, please let me know. Tower
names will also be an option.
Code is included to covert from OSGB grid refererences to
Lat/Long and to UTM coordinates, although this is not quite
accurate, and needs to be sorted out. If I had data in either
form for the overseas towers I might find some way of including
these on the maps. Map data for Ireland and the Channel Islands
would also be welcome.
Needs to be sorted out.
This may not appear to work as expected.The map window is fixed
at 1000 x 1000 pixels, and scrolling only occurs within this
window. Eventually I hope to override the scrolling behaviour,
and enable the whole map to be scrolled, whatever the scale.
This page created by Philip Saddleton
Last updated 1 February 2006