[sword-devel] search idea

Paul Gear sword-devel@crosswire.org
Thu, 13 Jan 2000 22:02:25 +0000

webmedic wrote:

> On Thu, 13 Jan 2000, you wrote:
>   PG >
>   PG > If file size is a problem, throw in a gzip in the file I/O part.  I understand zlib works pretty well
>   PG > there, and bzip2 also has a library.  Far better to do that than to have a markup where you're not
>   PG > sure whether '<bt>' means 'book title' or 'bibliography text'.  Long tag names take up more space, but
>   PG > this can be overcome with compression, and the benefits for understandability are enormous.  (And if
>   PG > you start complaining about too many keystrokes, i'll start talking about macros...  ;-)
>   PG >
>   PG > Basing ThML on HTML has another big benefit: most editors already understand 75% of the tags.  This is
>   PG > important if we are ever to get a large body of literature that is freely available.
> ...
> I can add that bzip2 compresses the sword modules very well but nothing works
> on the encrypted modules both tar.bz2 and tar.gz create packages that are
> somewhat larger than the originals.

That's why we would need the compression libraries - you need to encrypt after compressing.
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