[sword-devel] Thai in Xiphos and BibleDesktop

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Fri Oct 16 08:13:17 MST 2009

Thai falls into the "I never thought about that" category for me.  
While I knew that Thai does not use spaces for word breaks, it never  
occurred to me that we need smart display to find word breaks.

I'll be working on that for BibleDesktop.

I'm not sure that the OSIS should have unnatural zero width spaces.  
That just seems wrong. Maybe the module should.

My guess is that we need to use ICU to find the word boundaries.

Regarding search JSword does handle Thai word breaks. The next release  
will improve that.

In Him,

On Oct 16, 2009, at 3:50 AM, Adrian Korten <adrian_korten at sil.org>  

> Good day,
> After trying my Thai OSIS test module in BibleCS, I tried the module  
> and some other Thai ones in Xiphos (ubuntu version) and BibleDesktop  
> (windows xp). The OSIS data seems to display better but it is hard  
> to tell. Both of these programs do not do Thai word breaks  
> automatically (finding the word breaks where no spaces exist). They  
> only break by the 'phrase' spaces and so there are many line breaks  
> and it gets hard to read. (Would they work if zero-width spaces were  
> inserted. I didn't have time to test this.) This is too bad because  
> I like the clean simple interfaces.
> And one additional note on BibleDesktop, I can change the default  
> font for a Thai text but I could not change the size. Perhaps, this  
> is because the program is out of date (but I don't remember the  
> installed version). This is a problem for foreigners with Thai as  
> the characters are small.
> ak
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