[sword-devel] Bibles without paragraphing
johnduffy at cgcf.net
johnduffy at cgcf.net
Sat Nov 7 02:37:50 MST 2009
Why not offer all the options below for the user to choose either per module
or globally. For modules where there is a .conf entry Feature=Paragraphs
then module specific paragraph and poetry display could be enabled/offered.
Where this is not present, users could have the choice of either vpl or
static paragraphing. It may even be possible to offer these options in the
frontends without having to change the .conf files, by simply ignoring or
replacing the module paragraphing where vpl or static options are selected -
I'm not sure. If the user isn't to be offered the choice, then I would
agree with your final suggestion below, as I'm not sure that by default KJV
paragraphing would suit other translations/languages well.
From: Chris Little [mailto:chrislit at crosswire.org]
Sent: 07 November 2009 03:06
To: SWORD Developers' Collaboration Forum
Subject: [sword-devel] Bibles without paragraphing
We have many many Bibles that lack any kind of paragraphing markup.
These will tend to be rendered as a single big block of text per
chapter, which is rather ugly.
Some front ends offer a verse-per-line option where every verse gets its
own newline, regardless of whether the Bible has paragraphing. I think
this is a good option for the case of non-paragraphed Bibles but
undesirable for those that do have paragraph indication.
I would like to propose that we add a new Feature to .confs (e.g.
Feature=Paragraphs). If the feature is absent, a front end can know that
it should output newlines at the end of each verse.
Alternately, we could tag unparagraphed Bibles with
Feature=NoParagraphs. There will be many more Bibles that need to be
checked, updated, and re-downloaded by users. But if a user fails to
update his content, in this case there wouldn't be the incorrect
behavior of rendering paragraphed Bibles as verse-per-line.
A third alternative (probably less attractive now that we're releasing
quite a few non-KJV v11n Bibles) is to do one of the above and then
offer static paragraphing like OLB does. OLB starts new paragraphs at
set verses, regardless of the Bible. We could grab the paragraph data
from the KJV, for example, and then insert paragraph marks in the render
I think my preference is to add Feature=Paragraphs and just do
verse-per-line in the absence of that feature. Thoughts?
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