[sword-devel] Web Interface

Joachim Ansorg sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 23 Feb 2003 16:23:13 +0100


me and my brother spent some minutes on a possible layout and came up with 
http://joachim.ansorgs.de/sword/. This is just a suggestion. The navigation 
window is on the left. There can be multiple windows which are used to read a 
module. The search would open a new window to browse the search result.

Basically it's like BibleTime's application design, which is pretty useful in 
my opinion.
The display windows may have their own navigation, depending on the type of 
the used module. For a genBook this would be a module navigation tree on the 
left with links on each item to show the content of the node.

The only thing which works at the moment is to click on the WEB module link, 
which opens a navigation window to read the text of a module.

And yes, it uses Javascript.
In a real world app I would try not to use Javascript, but sometime's it is 
not possible not avoid it.

In my opinion it should be easy to use and powerful. This is hard to do.

Your idea about strong popups etc are good

On the technical part use JSP (or whatever) modules which do the whol stuff 
for you, e.g. template systems which only get the content to merge it into a 
static layout. This helps a lot, because other people which are better than 
you in HTML design can make the pages and you fill in the content with your 

I hope it's a bit useful and others get better ideas,

> Currently, I'm planning to spend next month working on a web interface
> to the sword engine.
> I'd love to get input on what features you like/use from other sites,
> and what you would like a web interface to a Bible study tool to look like.
> Please consider GenBook support, as well.  What would a general book
> reader look like for the web?
> I'd love any time you have to help design and implement this.
> 	Thank you,
> 		-Troy.
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Joachim Ansorg