[Fwd: [sword-devel] STEP modules]
Troy A. Griffitts
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"Troy A. Griffitts" wrote:
> Steve, Kevin, and anyone else interested,
> There is a simple utility: stepdump that I just committed to cvs. This
> should dump any STEP compatible module. It is NOT Bible text specific
> so isn't everything we need for the STEPText module driver, but it is,
> at least, a start.
Thanks for the update. I managed that as well, not too long ago. It is a
very useful thing for testing.
> Steve, if you feel ambitious... :) and still want to help. The really
> tough part of this project will be the RTF parsing (at least in my
> opinion). SWORD handles different markups by providing real-time
> filters. ...
I can't answer how SWORD does/will do it, but yes, RTF is "interesting". (like
what in the world is "hidden-text" for? :-) I'm presently in the middle of
doing RTF for myself and am having some success. Now if I only had more
time... :-) I've got about 25 RTF commands working, and have identified 34
more to do, plus 6 STEP commands to implement.
At this time, I think I will continue on my own; just so you know, as I said I
would get back to you about that. However, I'll offer a hand by attempting to
answer any questions about STEP that I can (I have limited knowledge, but am
learning it the hard way. :-) Also, while I realize I'm doing this in Perl
and not C++, I am willing to share any code you might like to see. If you
feel like "borrowing", I'm willing to "lend". I'll probably put a copy on my
web page soon. If you care to be kept informed, let me know and I'll shoot an
email out; or I can email you a tarball of the code.
For the curious, I can tell you about book.dat, section.idx, viewable.idx; how
they work, how to use them, etc., if the STEP docs aren't clear. I can
provide working code (again in Perl, but it's generally obvious how it works
as it's much like C/C++). For those that have seen QuickVerse 6, I've got the
GUI up with the section index on the left, and the text reader on the right.
If you click on a section entry, the reader will display the "text blocks" in
the reader: raw (for debugging) and translated (the final output that is
getting better). I've been working on "My Utmost for His Highest" as it's
reasonably short; but occassionally bring up a NASB or NKJV for fun. I have
adopted a scheme of reading a whole book into memory at once and displaying
that. For the NT, it works reasonably well, but woe unto me if I pull up
Psalms! (I took ~1m15s to load & translate & display :-) I thought I'd point
that out in case you do or are thinking of doing that. I will probably have
to change my ways... (I can now see why QV6 does it only 1 chapter at a
time... Hmmm...maybe I should do 1 chapter at a time with a cache of 25 on a
LRU scheme? but then some chapter breaks are bad and a person needs to see 2
chapters at once... decisions, decisions :-)
> OR.... If you know anything about the Bible reference lookup indexing
> of a STEP Bible module, let's work together on that.
Do you mean how \steplink works? I haven't gotten that far yet; but I believe
I remember reading about it in the docs (big help huh? :-). I'll probably get
to that in a couple of weeks. If you mean something else, let me know in
more/different detail and I'll try to answer. (but if your question means
what I think it does, you'll need the bible-book-number to bible-book-name
table listed on pages 46-49 in the v1.1 STEP doc)