[sword-devel] Getting stuff done (Re: External links)

Karl Kleinpaste karl at kleinpaste.org
Tue Nov 25 19:59:26 MST 2008

Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> writes:
> Like it or not, OSIS & TEI are the future for us. 

I have no dislike for it in concept.  I just don't want to use it much,
so long as I get less capability from it, for the work I need to do.

> ThML has value primarily as a way of incorporating materials from CCEL

There are 30-odd ThML modules in my repository produced in the last ~18
months -- on average, nearly a module every 2 weeks -- only 2 of which
are CCEL-derived.

> so we can take time
> encoding models and their interpretation within Sword. That way, rather 
> than releasing content that achieves an end via one means and that works 
> in one frontend today, then updating the module repeatedly until we 
> finally find a good markup standard, we can get things right the first 
> time

"Unreachable asymptotic perfection" is a phrase I began using a couple
weeks ago.  This is symptomatic.

It does not matter if perfection might possibly someday be achieved in
the unknowable future, if we never get to a point where people produce
material for it.  The problem is the unattainability of the exit gate.

"Taking time" is something that The Sword Project is *entirely* too good at.

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