[sword-devel] New OSIS chapter/verse checking utility

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Thu Oct 2 08:07:00 MST 2008

Hi David,

My friend Peter is right, one has to be very careful in exactly how one
approaches the copyright owners.

I'm in contact with a pastor in Sweden who developed a Go Bible version of
the Swedish FolkBibeln, with permission from the publishers. I could easily
put him in contact you if you send me a private email.

Go Bible Creator 2.3.2 (beta) can now handle three source-text formats:

OSIS is preferable for making SWORD modules, but ThML usually suffices for
the simpler requirements of Go Bible.  Moreover, OSIS structured as
Book|Section|Paragraph rather than Book|Chapter|Verse is not immediately
suitable for use with Go Bible Creator.

I have experience of processing multiple HTML files to a single ThML file
(via several intermediate steps).

My initials steps when format shifting from HTML are:

1. Open each HTML file in MS Word, and Save as RTF format.
2. Open each RTF file using WordPad, and Save as Unicode text format, which
uses UTF-16.  This removes a lot of the presentation formating.
3. Open each Unicode text file using either Notepad++ or SC Unipad, and
change format to UTF-8 [without BOM]
4. Concatenate all the UTF-8 files using DataMystic TextPipe Standard,
taking care to first append an extra blank line to each file, and making
sure the files are joined in the correct order.
5. Open the single file in Notepad++, and decide what needs doing next by
way of further filtering. From then on, it usually requires a special ad hoc
filter to remove or replace various items which Go Bible cannot make use of.
6. I then have a number of well trodden steps to arrive at ThML via VPL.

Best regards,
David Haslam

David Fredin wrote:
>> While I can not say much about the further OSIS conversion steps, I think
>> you want to be cautious and very careful how you approach the Swedish
>> Bible society. It is easy to upset people over copyrights and it takes
>> years to recover from that.
> Thanks for the warning, I will try to get them interested by showing
> how the software works. I happen to live in the same city as the HQ
> for the Swedish Bible society.
>> Dealing with similar situations I found most helpful having a ready text
>> available, but also - and sometimes more improtantly having a translated
>> front-end(s). Also have a look at GoBible (for J2MEE Mobile phones) -
>> once you got your OSIS source ready this is an easy thing too and often
>> gets people quite excited.
> That sounds really good too. Though I would really like to show it off
> on my iPhone, but there are no sword clients there yet?
> // David

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