[sword-devel] Beta Z Suggestions
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 01:41:22 +0200
> > 5. There needs to be a far clearer indication of which module is
> > in each of the 3 categories.
> What would you propose we do? I'm not sure there's much more to be done
> besides standard tab behavior.
Is it not possible to make the selected moduled tab text, a different colour
(maybe white or a user defined colour) is it not possible to add an icon to
the select module (like in e-sword)?
> > 6. "Preferences" should be under "tools"
Simply put, confusing....:) but you've highlighted the confusion
further...perhaps if there was more order in the rest of the "options" menu,
it would be less so :) your point is taken :) was just a thought :)
> > 7. the various options are clumsy, and should be grouped in a more
> > manner - transliteration, vowel pointers cantillations - maybe by
> > Hebrew under a subheading, rather than simply lumped together
> We should figure something out for this in 1.5.5. Because of the way
> Sword handles these filters, it would take some work to sort them out this
> time around. For many users, adding categories will just add extra steps.
> Suppose a user only wants the KJV and some dictionaries. He'll have
> Strong's & Footnotes options. If they're under an additional category,
> that's a lot more work to get to the options that would never have been
> confusing if they were just left alone on the Options menu.
I was thinking general categories, perhaps footnotes, headers, strongs, can
be grouped together, and Hebrew & Greek options grouped... or perhaps create
a new menu item indicating Hebrew options, Greek options etc...
> > 8. The Toolbar should be windows based, and there should be more buttons
> Not sure what this means.
Currently, they're the old style - a bitmap, perhaps buttons like ms-word
and the like use - or internet explorer back button, search button etc...
with separate text..
> > 14. For inclusion, I recommend that people should have standard - BDB,
> > Thayers, RSV, personal, TSK and Perhaps WHNU with NA27 Variants, the BHS
> > well....thats worth it, and quite frankly, everyone else is doing the
> > MHCC included, and generally people have it anyway, and they can install
> > it...rather be different and include some texts of real use....
> Real use... to you. Not all users are you. Most can't make any use of
> Greek or Hebrew, so it shouldn't be pushed on them. The distro with
> modules should be a minimum set used by our majority of users.
I accept that, it was a suggestion...maybe we can give users a standard to
download or maybe several alternative combinations...
Our top 5 modules are KJV, AKJV, StrongsGreek, MHC, and StrongsHebrew. I
> would suggest we drop AKJV, substitute Thayer for StrongsGreek, substitute
> BDB for StrongsHebrew, and add either of Easton or Smith. Easton has a
> small advantage over Smith in downloads. Plus Personal, of course.
Yes, and this is what every other bible program does...I was trying to
suggest something different :)
> > 18. Install manager downloads one module at a time.
> Can you propose a reason why we would want anything else?
Well, when you select several modules to download it does sometimes only
download one....and thats it...
> > 19. Copying Unicode to a program like word is a problem, it doesn't work
> > correctly....
> More specifically, RTL text with wordbreaks pastes incorrectly. It looks
> like some confusion is occurring between Word and MS's RTF control.
> There's not much we can do about it.
No thats not an issue, my issue is that when I copy from one to the other, I
end up with Arabic text, as opposed to Hebrew... (Word 2000), Win XP
Pro....(Times New Roman font)...might be a UTF-8 Problem....
> > 20. There should be an option to alternate between RTL and LTR in the
> > windows
> Why? Would you ever want to make an RTL script be viewed LTR, or vice
For copying purposes, also it would make more sense if the text were full
justified both sides...then adjusting the RTL LTR would make a big
difference to the way it was read, and would help in systems where any other
form of adjustment would be difficult...
again it was just a suggestion...
> 22. There needs to be better error handling, if a module doesn't work,
> > conf. file should automatically be moved to a spare directory, and the
> > program should be restarted, or a better warning message given...or
> Modules that are public shouldn't have fatal errors.
> Modules that are beta, are beta.
there are bound to bugs, you can't cater for all eventualities, at least
make the error return slightly more helpful...
> > 23. A distinction between commentaries and other texts
> > needs to be in place...perhaps force the other texts onto another row...
> > same with the watchwords/daily readings as opposed to dictionaries and
> > lexicons - having so many modules is getting irritating at having to
> > the right one (and yes i need many of them open at once...)...
> The addition of GenBooks to the Commentary pane was a quick fix of Troy's.
> The alternative was to not support them in BibleCS until the rewrite.
I understand that...but even so, without the additions, there are way too
many modules - perhaps grouping them or allowing grouping in the Hide/Show
Modules setting would aid the user
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