[sword-devel] problems with BibleCS 1.5.11

DM Smith dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 2 04:12:09 MST 2008

On Jul 1, 2008, at 11:30 PM, Karl Kleinpaste wrote:

>> (BAO is entirely JPEGs. I'll probably rename this
>> BibleAtlasOnline and put it in public soon.)
> That was my original intention, when I first offered the module.  I
> no longer remember how or by whom it was changed to just "BAO".

I may have asked Karl to have it short. People can learn these as  
mnemonics fairly easily.

I think the
should be short, like
Description=Be a descriptive name
Description=Bible Atlas Online

I don't see any point in [] if it is nearly the same as Description.

My reason for this is that we use the "initials" for tabs, drop downs  
and such, where these get truncated by the GUI Toolkits, such as Cocoa  
on the Mac. Also, front-end programmers have made landscape decisions  
based upon the current length of initials and descriptions.

Both MacSword and BibleDesktop would be troubled by having long names.  
Both are bothered by it now.

BibleDesktop's parallel Bible feature was inspired by MacSword. BD has  
an 8 character fixed width dropdown with buttons to add and remove  
dropdowns. If the initials are more than 8, it replaces the last few  
with "...". When you expose the list, it shows more and is truncated  
at 11. Hovering, shows the description of what is under the mouse.

MacSword has parallel pickers that are 4 characters wide and truncates  
the text. When the list is exposed, the entire width of the text is  
shown. (It looks particularly silly when selecting a bunch of German  
or French bibles to be shown side by side. All you see of the name is  
the language and the first letter of the real name.)

In both cases, the number of characters is an approximation as the  
font is proportional.

In Him,

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