[sword-devel] Early Church Fathers

Martin Gruner sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 19:42:13 +0200

> > I assume general book format is a standard - didn't know it.
> > Where can I get information about it?
> No it's not.  By "general book" I mean a book that is neither a Bible, a
> commentary, nor a dictionary/lexicon.
> Does anyone have any suggestions for how this format ought to be done?
> Should we design a format that subdivides a text into arbitrarily small
> divisions?  The Early Church Fathers* series could be broken down into set,
> volume, section, & chapter for example.  Schaff's History of the Christian
> Church into volume, chapter, & section.  Etc.  So the divisions meet the
> needs to the text rather than making the text conform to a set division
> structure like we have with Bibles, where the text must break down to book,
> chapter, & verse.  From there, we just create index files similar to the
> bss, css, & vss files but for as many ranks of division as the book
> requires, and set the value of the smallest division equal to the start
> position & length of the section of text within the data file (identical
> the way all the other module formats are done).

I just wanted to add that most of the available ThML documents are better 
handled with "general book" support, because they are books. (ccel) 
That might be better than splitting them into the sword compatible commentary 
or lexicon format - though it may be useful sometimes.