[sword-devel] companion modules

Arthur Bolstad arthurbolstad at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 3 19:00:30 MST 2008

I like the idea of these companion modules.  In my case, I want to
record my comments on various texts (often as I prepare sermons).  So I
want to be able to create my own editable companion module linked to a
particular text.  

I also liked the idea of "fast" vs "slow" commentaries.  This implies
though 3-tuple - text, fast commentary, slow commentary.

This would be very useful for Bible commentaries, such as Lenski's,
where the author provides his own translation of the text before
including commentary.


On Sun, 2008-11-02 at 20:07 -0500, Karl Kleinpaste wrote:
> The phrase "companion modules" was coined last January at BibleTech when
> several of us were debating additional capabilities in which Wycliffe
> folks have an interest.
> This past Friday, I implemented a beginning of this concept in
> GnomeSword.  The idea is that some modules come as a pair.  The best
> example at hand is NET Bible's NETtext with their NETnotes.  Generally
> speaking, if you open one of these, you also want the other, since the
> footnote indicators in NETtext reference content in NETnotes.
> I'm using my own builds of these modules, but the concept is applicable
> to any pair: With "Companion=NETnote" in the Bible's .conf and the
> opposite reference in the other, GnomeSword now notices these bits when
> the user opens either.  It offers a dialog question as to whether the
> user wants to open the other as well.  This will be part of the next
> release of GS, probably later this month.
> Importantly, this has no implication for the engine.  It's entirely an
> application-level facility.
> For Wycliffe specifically, it will need refinement because one thing
> they were looking for is that they produce commentaries which contain
> both per-verse discussion of content as well as more general discussion
> surrounding a range of verses.  It was suggested that they separate
> these into what was called the "fast" -vs- "slow" commentaries: The
> per-verse part is the fast commentary, while the general discussion is
> slow, not changing with every verse.  They would like to be able to
> bring up both at once, one in GS' commentary pane and one as a separate
> window.  Obviously, what I've just done isn't exactly that, but it was
> simple (~30 lines) and it provides some initial understanding about the
> idea.
> I'd be interested in others' views on similar concepts, or how you think
> this could be better supported.
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