[sword-devel] SwordReader - text handling - was 'Option support added'

David Trotz dtrotzjr at crosswire.org
Tue Dec 25 18:13:05 MST 2007

>> For this reason, I'm really hoping we can move at a radical level
>> alongside Lynn Allan to offer modules in a format that we can handle
>> slickly!
> Just a thought: It should be possible to write a general purpose  
> filter that would take any module and output a module with only those  
> features that are desired. Perhaps this could be made part of the  
> download manager, web or otherwise.
I guess I never revealed some results of some tests I ran, but I am 90% 
certain that at most of the time processing is not taken up by loading 
sword texts, rather it is taken up by the HTML rendering engine that 
Windows CE has and add to this the sheer volume of text/tags that a 
single chapter has (we currently process a chapter at a time) also adds 
to the time, not loading but HTML parsing. Which I why I chose to write 
my own text display which can use demand loading as opposed to loading 
an entire chapter at once.

I do not believe we are trying to avoid the use of these tags, otherwise 
your suggestion here would be an option. For example ESV has tons of 
footnotes which is nice, when footnotes are off, the text loads nearly 
instantaneous, when turned on and the text takes a few seconds to load. 
So while we could offer a module without footnotes, we gain very little 
in terms of speed since we can turn them off in software and get the 
speed back. Also, I would like to stick with traditional sword modules 
on the pocket pc so that the modules passed around on the internet can 
be used in SwordReader as is.

In response to Barry's suggestion for using Lynn Allan's modules, I will 
say that I am very hesitant to incorporate his stuff into SwordReader. 
This is something I feel needs to be discussed more thoroughly if we are 
to consider this an option.

I have more to say on all this, but I will save it for another email.
In Christ,
David Trotz

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