[sword-devel] Sword questions

Martin Gruner sword-devel@crosswire.org
Thu, 25 May 2000 10:24:05 +0200

Hi  Jeff,

to find out something about the General Bible Format you could take a look at 
http://ebible.org/bible/gbf.htm. I think Michael Paul Johnson 
(mpj@ebible.org) created the specification, and he is also on this list.


Am Don, 25 Mai 2000 schrieben Sie:
> Paul Gear wrote:
> > I got the previous one twice.
> Sorry, I think I was accidentally removed from the sword-devel list.
> > I think that it would be nice to have this, too.  Unfortunately, gzip
> > and pkzip are stream compressors, not block compressors, as Joachim has
> > pointed out, so the entire file would have to be decompressed rather
> > than just the appropriate parts.  Also, unlocking commercial texts
> > requires saving a key to the .conf file, so i expect these would need to
> > be outside the .ZIP file.
> Good point.
> > However, compression would really be a good idea.  (My hard drive is
> > getting very full!)  STEP uses a block compression algorithm that allows
> > fast, partial decompression.  It would be great if Sword could, too.
> Are there any open source block de/compression programs?  Pardon my
> ignorance on this subject.
> > There is absolutely no reason that this is necessary, and a lot of good
> > reasons why it is not.
> Sorry, wasn't aware of that.  It would still be nice to be able to
> hyperlink references from a commentary presenter to a Bible presenter.
> I know that would entail a lot of extra work and possibly some extra C
> coding, but it would be really useful.
> By the way, I don't know what the GBF format is.  Would somebody tell me
> or point me in the right direction?
> Jeff