[sword-devel] New filter for red letter words
Thu, 16 Jan 2003 12:16:43 -0800
> I agree with that philosophy, but it was suggested by another that
> there should be no philosophies stopping the addition of features that
> give users power. That opinion was stated unconditionally. I am just
> pointing out that we need philosophies that set some limits. As I said
> before I really don't care about red-lettering. That was just how this
> topic got started by others. However, why not blue-letter all the
> words and phrases that are mistranslated? Or better yet, provide a
> toggle to toggle translation error correcting on or off. :-) Perhaps
> we would need to be more careful than those making red-lettering, and
> copyright holders may not like it, but it would give the user power.
Naturally, the SWORD team has the ability to be careful about what it
publishes. If a work is trash, then it is trash, whether it be a text
module or a filter for a module. In that case, it should be tossed out.
If a work is useful, even if it is not 100% provably correct, it is
still something that the users should be allowed to use and thus ought
to be included. This is the very *nature* of Biblical scholarship. I
know some certain denominations have it in their head that they have
figured out everything completely and know exactly what everthing means
and so on. But if we are 100% honest with ourselves and refrain from
theological spin doctoring, then we must admit that this is not a
perfect science and live with it, right? i think everything that has
been expressed on this topic has been in agreement with *this* philosophy.
The logical conclusion then is to give up trying to have perfection, and
trust the users. You are not going to stop a user who wants to blaspheme
from blaspheming, or a user who takes passages out of context out of
context. Nor are you going to stop a user who has a low amout of
intelligence or literacy from misreading scripture. If you believe in
the Holy Spirit, i think you should let Him handle this aspect. You can
have a high quality standard for modules and filters, but in the end
there is a certain about of confidence that you must assume in your
users, and forget about those who have evil intentions in their hearts.
Perhaps there should be a non-restrictive philosophy which says "filters
which add new presentation information (written by Sword programmers, as
opposed to being from a previously published material) must show good
faith to signify all dubious renderings of the text." These filters
could somehow cause a message to be shown somewhere in the GUIs that
says "Warning: filter is not necessarily 100% reliable." in taskbars, etc.
For example, in places where it is difficult to discern whether Jesus or
someone else is talking, the text could be some other non-red color in a
red-letter filter. Additionally, the user would see something in a
taskbar, or somewhere else, a red bar that says the warning message. If
the user *still* wants to say that Jesus said something that He didn't,
that user is going to do so anyway. But for other legitimate users, the
red-letter filter is useful for the eyes, even if it is not 100% reliable.