[sword-devel] Red Letter text

Joel Mawhorter sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 21 Jan 2000 15:43:24 -0800

On Fri, 21 Jan 2000, you wrote:
> There is a tag in the GBF spec for word of Christ in red.  Unfortunately,
> this tag is only used in the WEB module right now.  To add these to other
> modules would require going through line-by-line and adding them in the
> appropriate locations.
> --Chris

Hi David and Chris,

The problem with red letter text is that there are passages where it is not
clear where Christ's words end and the words of the author of the gospels
begin. Another problem is that the color makes it appear as though Christ's
words are somehow more important than the rest of scripture; remember, ALL
scripture is God breated, etc. I can't think of any good reason to color code
the Bible. Does anyone on this list find red lettering useful? I wonder if the
only reason that it is still done at all is tradition. I think before anyone
was to sit down and convert some of the modules to red lettering, the following
questions should be answered: 1. Is it a valid thing to do? (I.e. is it right
to imply more information in the text than was in the original?) 2. Is it

What do the rest of you think?

Just my two cents worth.

In Christ,


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David L. Earle, Sr. <davide@wsu.edu>
> To: <sword-devel@crosswire.org>
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2000 2:30 PM
> Subject: [sword-devel] Red Letter text
> > I notice none of the modules have red letter text for the words of Christ.
> > Is this a need or something that is not possible with the current state of
> > things.  Would a persion just have to go into the NT modules to change the
> > text color?  Or is it more involved than that?  Or easier?  What about the
> > Rainbow Version with multiple colors?
> >
> > In His Service,
> > David