[sword-devel] Glossary vs. Dictionary
Sun, 25 Aug 2002 11:10:12 -0700 (MST)
On Mon, 26 Aug 2002, Christian Renz wrote:
> >You won't find the latest help file much help with that. As far as I know,
> >there are no glossaries to test. So I didn't have any results to document.
> This option always confused me... Can somebody give me a quick
> definition and an example for "Glossary"(as opposed to dictionary) in
> a Sword context? Thanks!
glossary: a collection of textual glosses or of specialized terms with
gloss: a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a
text) of a difficult or obscure word or expression
dictionary: A book containing the words of a language, arranged
alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a
vocabulary; a wordbook.
Lexica & dictionaries are really the same. For Sword, we tend to label
dictionaries of biblical languages lexica and dictionaries of modern
vernacular languages dictionaries. Dictionaries with long entries may be
labeled encyclopedias. Thus Thayer's, BDB, or Louw-Nida would all be
"lexica" by our usage while Webster's, Smith's Bible Dictionary, or the
Anchor Bible Dictionary would be "dictionaries".
Glossaries are collections of glosses, which are short (one- or two-word
usually) definitions of words. For our purposes thus far, they are always
between two different languages, e.g. German and English or English and
There are a hundred or so glossaries in the beta area but they are all
broken right now because of a change Troy made to BibleCS. They'll work
fine in any other frontend right now, but they will eventually be fixed.