[sword-devel] Aletheia - Bible software for Ubuntu

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Tue Feb 13 04:56:41 MST 2007

On 2/13/07, Chad Johnson <chad.d.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> If you have any ideas/requests for features then now is the time to send
> those to me. Also if you wish to help then let me know. I currently have
> plans for concordance and commentary integration, notes, verse/passage
> highlighting, and perhaps usage of the Google Maps API - but progress
> depends highly on the amount of interest I receive.

I suspect that the Google Maps API would not be quite so easy to put
into a desktop application as it could be.  At a minimum you would
probably want to embed wxMozilla and use it to display the resultant
maps.  I would really prefer to have a desktop based mapping tool
which worked on all the major front-ends, but such a thing could be
difficult to achieve.  If you want an example of Biblical Google Maps
integration, look at http://www.biblemap.org.

Below is a comment made to a Bibletime feature request for map support:
"It would be a great idea for all Sword applications to support such a

However, this leads to a few interesting questions as to how you implement
it.  Obviously the GUIs of the different applications are different, so
there would have to be a view for each GUI (unless you want to use static
images of maps, which could potentially be displayed by the different GUIs
relatively easily).  There are always the problems of finding the right
data, and figuring out how to display it.  It would be preferable to have
some link between names in the Bible text and the map, but doing this can
be problematic when names are spelt differently in different versions, and
especially different languages.

NB: If you are looking for a Bible / Bible map linkage and don't mind the
fact that it's on the web, look at www.biblemap.org.  It uses Google Maps
for its map component."


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