[sword-devel] Use Case -- paragraph boundaries

Mike Sangrey sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 31 Aug 2001 13:54:19 -0400

A linguist (Cindy Westfall--who nearly has her PhD dissertation done) has
found that paragraph boundaries greatly influence the resulting
interpretation.  Placing a paragraph boundary at one place in the text
or another resulted in different understandings of what the original
intent was.  Since the original manuscripts did not contain English (or
modern paragraph breaks), being able to determine where these breaks
are is part of on-going research.  Without getting into the whys and
wherefores, suffice it to say that every language has ways of cluing
readers into a rational progress of thought (unless the person is
just rambling).

The point I'm making is that it would be beneficial now, and will be
a likely requirement in the future, to be able to have `paragraph
variants'.  In other words, some people believe the paragraph breaks
are here, some say they are there.  How do we allow for this type
of mark up.

It's also handy for people to be able to collaborate around different
Mike Sangrey
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