[sword-devel] OSIS Bible Name guidelines ?

Peter von Kaehne refdoc at gmx.net
Tue Dec 23 12:09:30 MST 2008

Hi Tonny,

To be honest the best set up for you would not be OSIS at this stage.
There are not the right tools available yet. Bible translators use
usually USFM which is where all the really good tools are available for.

Large parts of the difficulty of translation in general and Bible
translation in particular is to be consistent - and this is where the
tools will help you to stay right.

The most commonly used tool appears to be Paratext, but it works only
soso on Linux and is anyway not easily available.

So the one right for you would be Bibledit, which is an excellent USFM
editor, fully open source, running on Linux, very light weight (runs on
those kiddies' computers from OLPC) and with an excellent collection of
tools - making use that all verses are translated, keeping all your
notes etc under version control, allowing you to have word lists etc for
consistency etc.

After the translation is completed, as long as your USFM use is clean a
transfer into OSIS is simple.

God bless you in this undertaking.


Tonny Kohar wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM, Peter von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:
>> Tonny Kohar wrote:
>>> Thanks for the info, it is very appreciated.
>>> What about this name
>>> IPD (Indonesian Public Domain), is this name already taken or used in
>>> some bible ?
>> On an off-tpoic note - did you manage to get hold of an public domain
>> Indonesian text? That is wonderful! Apart from Portuguese Indonesian is
>> the one language where we get continuously requests for years now and
>> simply were unable to help due to cpoyright reasons.
>> But be aware that there are a number of copyrighted texts floating about
>> which call themselves "public domain" but they are not. I think we were
>> bitten bu this with regard to Indonesian texts.
> Unfortunately, I am also unable to get Indonesian Text. All my effort
> contacting and negotiating with the copyright owner does not produce
> any result.
> So I decided to translate it myself :)
> But it will be very long project > 5-10 years to finish. I guess on
> average I will be able to output 1-2 verses/day, not event 1
> chapter/day :(
> One day I hope I will be able to finished it (5-10 years down the
> road), if ever finish. My major obstacle will be laziness, bored,
> busy, etc.
> Now I am currently setting up svn, finding information regarding OSIS
> requirement (naming, formating, tagging), etc, I never write any OSIS
> document.
> Side note: what are the editors did you use for editing/creating OSIS
> bible text (linux preferred) ?
> Cheers
> Tonny Kohar
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