[sword-devel] General question

Harry Plantinga sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 13 Mar 2001 12:41:06 -0500


I assume you're aware of the GNU distribution of the digital
facsimile software -- see http://www.ccel.org/facsim/

Yes, there could be valuable unpublished works.  My experience
with the WWSB (http://www.ccel.org/wwsb/) suggests that many people
have written studies, commentaries, sermons, and the like, that
they would like to have published in some form, and some of them
are worthwhile.  However, on the WWSB I stopped encouraging any
and all contributions. The problem was that some people wanted to
publish -- well -- wacky stuff, and keeping up a level of quality
would have meant instituting some kind of review process.

I've moved in the direction of publishing only material that has
a wide reputation as being valuable.  I think it makes for a more
useful library--classics generally become classics for a good
reason. And there are plenty of 'classics' to occupy my time
and resources.


> There is another topic I would like your input on. Your digital facsimile
> editing system was a topic of discussion here. There was an idea for using
> it in conjunction with unpublished works of current and past scholars. We
> believe there could be valuable works, that could be used as content in
> software like the Sword, that have never been published, or were published
> in very limited ways. If a release to the public domain or a license such
> as GPL could be obtained for them.
> We considered contacting lists such as the B-Greek list to see if
> there was
> any interest. But, we have not contacted any list yet, because we don't
> have a server set up to run your software and didn't know if CCEL has any
> interest in providing space for works that are not yet "classic".
> Any thoughts?
> Jerry Hastings
> Bible Foundation