d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Mon Jul 7 12:42:19 MST 2008
I can only speak as an enthusiastic user of the Go Bible software,
especially the Go Bible Creator developer kit, for which I have gained lots
of valuable experience during the past 15 months.
The Go Bible author and developer is Jolon Faichney. I suspect he doesn't
yet read these SWORD Dev forum topics. I will try to elicit a response from
him on Troy's proposal, though it could be quite a while before he replies,
as his workload as a University Lecturer is considerable, and he's also
using his free time in local church activities.
His having released the source code as open source, my guess is that he
would have no objections, and that he would probably welcome such a
proposal. It also fits in well with the fact that I am currently assisting
SIL and other agencies in learning how to prepare source text files for use
with Go Bible Creator.
Troy - it would be helpful to pursue some of these matters off line by
private email with me, so I can give you more background information, and
cover some related aspects that are unsuitable for discussing in an open
forum, inasmuch as they relate to SIL's work in some closed and semi-closed
David F. Haslam
Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> Since CrossWire doesn't not have a J2ME Bible Reader, would the
> developers of GoBible consider CrossWire as a home for continued
> opensource development? It wouldn't be too hard, I'm sure, to add a
> GoBible driver to the SWORD engine and create a mod2gomod utility--
> officially supporting the format as a SWORD format. In fact, it might
> be a nice combination to use with the standoff markup filters Barry
> Drake and others are talking about developing.
> Greg Hellings wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 4:16 PM, Peter von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:
>>> Chris Little wrote:
>>>> Peter von Kaehne wrote:
>>>>> We have a fair number of Bibles which are only distributable via
>>>>> Crosswire due to to the permissions given to us - but expanding our
>>>>> into GoBible would seem like a natural extension to what Crosswire
>>>>> anyway. Should we not consider
>>>>> a) creating GoBible modules ourselves and hosting them from Crosswire
>>>>> server where permissions are not there to allow others to create and
>>>> I don't have a problem with collaboration, but our having permission to
>>>> distribute content in Sword format does not imply any kind of
>>>> to distribute content in other formats. The contracts I've seen are
>>>> specific in identifying _Sword_ format rather than giving blanket
>>>> publication permission to CrossWire.
>>> The contracts I signed (Farsi Bibles) were unspecific non-commercial
>>> electronic format, but for distribution by Crosswire and my church.
>>> So I guess we would need to dig out all relevant agreements and see what
>>> is allowed and what not as it may be different for each module - which
>>> is what one would expect.
>>> Since I became aware of GoBible and David's + Jolon's work I am always
>>> approaching everyone with both projects in mind - which would be a lot
>>> easier if we simply set this out as one of the things we want to do in
>>> Crosswire - produce Bible modules for all platforms - and include
>>> mobile phones.
>> We aren't platform specific here - between JSword and The SWORD
>> Project, we pretty much cover any system with an open development
>> environment available with either Java or C/C++ tools. We are
>> format-specific, but that format can be taken pretty much anywhere
>> that the plain OSIS of the GoBible can be taken.
>> Which makes me wonder if the approach of maintaining the OSIS file and
>> creating an index to it isn't the better way to go about this, then
>> the import tools need only produce the indecies rather than a whole
>> regurgitated format. Ah well, just some speculation.
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