[sword-devel] Thoughts on software used in Exegesis

David Bell david.bell at bluebottle.com
Wed Aug 15 03:08:30 MST 2007


I started to fool with an idea a few months back but have had other  
issues that have taken me away from my efforts with sword (open heart  
surgery). Anyway, I realized a while back that if Sword can read thml  
documents then it can really handle html. I discovered this by  
leaving a live link to the internet in a module that I was working  
on. When it came up in blue, I clicked it to see what would happen.  
To my surprise, it loaded the web page. Why am I talking about all  
this? Everything you are talking about has been done by a guy named  
Zack Hubert on his website www.zhubert.com. He has the Greek text  
completely parsed and linked up to various dictionaries. He even has  
various English texts you can view along side of the Greek. One  
simple way to get these features into Sword is to simply make a  
module that loads this website. Obviously this would mean that the  
user would have to be connected to the internet, but it adds a huge  
amount of material and possibilities.

Now maybe someone out there knows a lot more about module authoring  
and could find a way to integrate all this better. Or maybe someone  
could get in touch with Mr. Hubert and see if his work could in  
someway be converted into a normal module.

I hope these ideas will get the ball rolling for someone!

David Bell
david.bell at bluebottle.com

El 13/08/2007, a las 11:35, Eeli Kaikkonen escribió:
> First, we don't have good texts (modules) like Nestle/Aland. This is a
> great problem for us with all our software. Second, we don't have
> manpower to make the software. Someone should volunteer.
>> ...
> 1. Find a theological faculty which teaches Greek (you already have
> one).
> 2. Write a small and simple program which has the Greek text and lets
> people parse the words as you suggested.
> 3. Take Greek students and let them do some learning (parsing,
> vocabulary...) without and with your program.
> 4. Research the learning results.
> 5. Tell the world that your software was scientifically proven to  
> be of
> great help in learning Greek.
> However, this is more proper for information sciences or behavioral
> sciences than theology. It's up to your faculty if they accept this.
> Hmm, I could use this myself...
>   Yours,
> 	Eeli Kaikkonen (Mr.), Oulu, Finland
> 	e-mail: eekaikko at mailx.studentx.oulux.fix (with no x)
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