[sword-devel] Firefox front-end

Daniel Blake danblake at tcdr.com
Mon Dec 10 09:35:19 MST 2007

Sounds interesting, Brian.  Reading your post reminded me of a 
discussion earlier this year.  I searched and found the thread I 
remembered.  It talks about individually implemented Sword protocols.

I was going to put a link to the thread in the sword-devel Archives 
<http://www.crosswire.org/pipermail/sword-devel/> but I found the March 
2007 archive incomplete.
*"Archived on:* /Mon Mar 12 13:42:02 MST 2007/" so everything after that 
isn't available.

If you still have them locally, look for the subject "Sword URL" on 
3/13/2007.  It was an off shoot of the subject "dynamic versification"

Specifically it mentions these implementations.
MacSword - sword://
"MacSword has installed a protocol handler into the Safari web browser 
so that the sword:// urls are passed off to MacSword, starting it if it 
is not running, rather than displaying them in the browser. (It doesn't 
work very well and I can get it to crash MacSword)"

JSword - bible://
"With JSword, I have played with embedding IE and FireFox as the display 
engine for BibleDesktop."

GnomeSword - sword://
"GS understands "sword://ModuleName/KeyIntoThatModule" where the key is 
obviously a verse reference for Bibles and commentaries, but just as 
easily is a treekey for genbooks and lexdicts."

Hope this is helpful.
Daniel Blake

Brian Fernandes wrote:
> Hey Guys,
> I've implemented a Sword front-end  (using JSword) as a Firefox extension.
> Here is a a screenshot of what I have so far: 
> http://thegoan.com/bible/esv-exodus-2.png
> I haven't spent any time prettying it up, just using the styled text 
> output from JSword verbatim.
> I would like to know if this is going to be useful to our community. I 
> know there are many great front-ends already, but  some people (like me) 
> would also like to use something that is integrated with FF (just a 
> notch above the people who do everything in emacs :)) Or has something 
> similar already been done?
> To use this you would need the JSword libraries and the extension which 
> should work in Firefox 1 and up. Implementing this however has not been 
> too easy; so I would like to gauge the interest in using such an 
> extension before proceeding or taking it too far. Right now the 
> extension is really a prototype in POC stage and only handles Bibles. I 
> will implement a "bible" protocol, so typing in something like 
> bible://Exod.15.20 into your address bar would take you to that 
> particular book, chapter and verse.
> I really would like to see this through, but perhaps not if it isn't 
> going to be useful. Kudos to the sword and jsword teams for such 
> excellent resources.
> Would appreciate any thoughts and ideas,
> Best regards,
> Brian.
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