[sword-devel] How to get vowels in the Arabic bible module?

John H. mistamaila at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 21:37:28 MST 2008

Chris, great:)

However, as peter said, I am not sure the people at arabicbible.com
have the right to determine who can and who cannot distribute it.
It's your choice to be safe, though.

I know David had emailed the webmaster there about it, but I am not
sure if he heard back.

On Jan 22, 2008 9:27 PM, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:
> jonathon wrote:
> > Peter wrote:
> >
> >> I do not know how to export or import from esword.
> >
> > Exporting the text is not an issue.  Several tools are available to do that.
> >
> >  The _big_ issue is that the plain text./XML formatting  needs both
> > proof reading, and copy editing, prior to import into the TSP
> > resource.
> >
> > If one is not fluent in the target language, my recommendation is to
> > not attempt the format shifting.
> We can assume the Word documents are a good source, so proofing is
> unnecessary beyond verifying that the Sword module is a good
> representation of the Word document originals.
> The "fluent in the target language" suggestion is just ridiculous.
> >> But I think the general principle here is to start from the original e-text and not from someone else's modules for other software.
> >
> > +1
> >
> > I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were textual errors in the
> > e-Sword version. (I have found textual differences between the hard
> > copy and e-Sword resource,  in most of  the non-European,non-Biblical
> > languages I can read.)
> We never use other software's modules as a source unless there is no
> other source available (or when that is what a copyright holder actually
> gives us as a source). Errors in conversion are a concern, but a more
> important issue is that we would be limiting our module to the
> capabilities of another piece of software. In particular, with this
> Arabic Bible, we would lose paragraphing by not using the Word docs as a
> source.
> >> So the best source  would then be the word files. But that could be very hard work.
> >
> > Word -> OSIS -> Sword Project Resource
> > Grunt work, but fairly easy to do.  Unfortunately, a script won't
> > correctly process the material.
> I'm having problems with a hard drive that has most of my module work.
> So while it was being repaired, I spent a couple hours and made an OSIS
> doc of the Smith & Van Dyck Arabic Bible.
> When I get word that we have permission to distribute it, I will convert
> the doc to Sword format and post it to beta.
> --Chris
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