[sword-devel] Observations RE: Sword 1.4.6
Troy A. Griffitts
Fri, 21 Jan 2000 12:17:00 -0700
Thank you for reporting these.
> I've set up Sword 1.4.6 on Windows NT (work) and Windows 98 (home) to
> familiarize myself with the program prior to setting it up with
> BibleTime on my Linux box. Following are some things I've noted:
> 1. Sword itself installs on both Windows NT and 98. None of the module
> installs work on NT. Setup starts, the DOS window appears, and execution
> aborts with no text printed in the window
I only use NT and have not seen this problem. Are you sure it wasn't
just 'fast'? ie. did you try pulling up the softare and looking for the
module? Have you installed the software previously into a different
(so fast I can't see
> anything). Then, the "install successful" dialog appears. I tried only
> the KJV install on 98 and it appears to work fine. After figuring out
> how to do manual installs on NT, I just installed everything manually on
> 98 as well. I installed AV, KJV, NKJV, NASB, MHC, RWP, BDB, Strongs,
> Thayer, and Eastons.
> 2. Sword (98) exploded to full-screen appears to conflict with the
> Microsoft Office 97 shortcut bar. I have the bar set to autohide and it
> stays hidden when Sword is running. Intermittently a shortcut box will
> appear on the task bar.
That's odd. We do no special maximize code.
> 3. I used the Maximize icon to expand Sword to a full screen display.
> Now, the Maximize/Restore icon will not restore the window to its former
> size; I'm stuck in full-screen mode.
I'll try it out on a 98 box and see if I can reproduce.
> 4. I was preparing a Sunday School lesson and ended up searching for
> Philippians 3:19. All text appears correctly except that for NKJV, which
> appears as if the keycode has not been entered (now you know one of the
> first mistakes I made on manual install). I haven't observed this
> occurring with any other modules or specific verses (but I haven't
> searched for all of them). (I also have a note about something with
> Jonah 3:9 in AV. If I remember correctly, nothing appeared. I'm running
> Linux right now and will check. I'll post another message if my memory
Did you use the decipher key for the NKJV module (it is enciphered and
must be unlocked).
> 5. A ghost box appears intermittently on the taskbar when I exit Sword.
> The ghost box is empty and disappears when I click on it, but it is
> located where the Sword box was while Sword was running. Haven't noticed
> this with NT.
I will also look for this when testing on 98.
> 6. There is no change in the appearance of the cursor while a search is
> being done. Most Windows users will expect the cursor to change to an
> hourglass to indicate the system is busy. This may confuse some less
> savvy users.
I thought we did an hourglass. Did you try moving your cursor over the
search box while the searching is taking place? To be nice, we don't
assume control of the cursor look outside of our app space.
> 7. I can click in the text, commentary, and lexicon/dictionary windows
> and get a blinking i-bar cursor. This visual signal indicated an
> editable window, which these are not. May be confusing to some users.
> I'm assuming these are either RichEdit or Memo controls. I'd recommend
> either disabling the ability to receive the focus or write a got_focus
> event handler to switch focus to the appropriate tab control.
This is to allow you to highlight and right-click. What would you
expect the cursor to look like? What would be more intuitive?
Thanks again for taking the time to report all of these. Unbiased info
like this is invaluable, as, I'm sure, manyfold others are thinking