[sword-devel] Bible Software Review

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Thu May 1 10:31:28 MST 2008

DM Smith wrote:
> By the way, we have full support for GenBook.

Oops, didn't mean to sell it short, but I'm glad that feature is in.

> No ability to hide letter decorations (e.g. cantillation, vowel  
> points, accents)

Hiding cantillation would be good. Hiding vowel points and Greek accents 
are largely just included because some people have poor font support and 
it can aid in/simplify searching.

> No ability to transliterate.

After I finish about 3 module releases, I'll take a break from Sword and 
get our transliterators into shape for submission to Unicode. 
Transliterators are no longer an ICU-specific thing. They're now part of 
CLDR, which is part of Unicode. Once our data is more prevalent, I hope 
that will encourage all of the frontend developers to incorporate ICU 
support, since they will be able to use the stock ICU that ships with 
most distros.

> I'm not aware of any others. I am aware of these because people ask  
> about them or because I want them.

Correct me if I'm wrong, doesn't BD still have no way to enter an LD key 
manually? For me, personally, that makes BD incompatible with my workflow.

Anyway, I am happy that BD is there, and excited to see it continue to 


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