[sword-devel] Ndebele and Shona Bibles

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Fri May 8 01:31:16 MST 2009

To reach a wider audience, I should imagine that you would also be interested
in porting both translations to the Java mobile phone platform, using Go
Bible Creator.

The Go Bible project has been adopted by CrossWire, though some aspects of
the adoption are still in a state of flux.  Go Bible will be a "co-hosted
project", as distinguished from being a "front end" application for SWORD
modules. More information in my CrossWire wiki page, 

Go Bible Data Format is essentially close to "verse per line" (VPL), so it
does not retain headings, cross-references, and footnotes, etc. Nonetheless
it is a very attractive method to distribute the Word of God in a very
accessible manner, especially observing the massive take up of mobile phones
in many developing countries.

Go Bible Creator can process directly from USFM files, though there are
still tags that it cannot easily handle. One of the programmers is currently
working on a USFM Preprocessor tool for Go Bible Creator.  I will be posting
more details about this in the future.

If you are interested, please contact me further.

Best regards,
David Haslam
CrossWire Go Bible project leader

Teus Benschop-2 wrote:
> Shortly ago the Ndebele and Shona Bibles were sent to
> modules at crosswire.org. 
> Is there anything that we need to do for these modules to get posted
> among the other Bibles available on crosswire.org?
> Ndebele source:
> http://sites.google.com/site/bibletranslationdata/ndebele-bible
> Shona source:
> http://sites.google.com/site/bibletranslationdata/shona-bible
> Both modules are under the GFPL, see
> http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html.
> The translation team that works on both Bibles would be happy if these
> reach a wider audience.
> Teus Benschop
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