[sword-devel] EarlyFathers Genbook and the ability to search genbooks
dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 8 19:23:04 MST 2008
On Jun 8, 2008, at 9:46 PM, Daniel Owens wrote:
> That brings me to another issue: the ability to search genbooks and
> commentaries. I have a vague memory of comments on this forum to the
> effect that such a feature isn't necessary or desireable, but the
> Father's module is a prime example of the kind of genbook that one
> would want to be able to search. This isn't just useful for scholars
> but for your average person who wants to know what different writers
> have said about "holiness" or "creation" or "the Holy Spirit." I use
> that feature all the time in several other Bible software programs
> because it saves me time having to read through a lot of material to
> find what I am looking for (and is also the reason why theological
> libraries subscribe to ATLASerials and such). I don't know what kind
> of load that puts on the engine (creating indexes and such), but it
> seems to me it ought to be a basic part of the functionality of the
> Sword front-ends. Not everyone would make use of such a feature but
> many would, and apparently the engine supports it if BibleTime does.
> It would just be nice to have a general search dialog that gave the
> option to search in all genbooks and commentaries and maybe even
Good idea. I think all modules should be searchable, both keys and
text, either distinctly or in a unified manner.
For example, the key for a Bible is distinctly searchable, that is one
can do a lookup of a verse. The key for a dictionary entry is also
separately searchable, but will find the closest match. But for a
GenBook, the key is also a title and thus is in some manner content
and perhaps should be searchable as content.
I think that we should also allow for one to search for biblical
references in a work. Bible Desktop uses xref: for this. For example,
one can search xref:(Genesis 2.4) to find all the references to Gen
2.4 in a work.
I think the SWORD engine allows for all modules to be indexed by
cLucene. If so, it would be a matter of the individual applications
making it visible.
Unfortunately, JSword and BD only allows for indexing Bibles and
Commentaries, at this time.
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