[sword-devel] Thai in Xiphos and BibleDesktop
infernalproteus at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 05:53:49 MST 2009
I *think* FireBible renders the current ThaiKJV module correctly, can
you confirm? Here is a screenshot:
http://thegoan.com/dump/thaikjv.png (or you can try it yourself:
If yes, it would be because FireBible uses JSword at the backend, but
uses the Firefox renderer, which I assume is aware of Thai word breaks.
On 17/10/09 10:27 AM, Adrian Korten wrote:
> Good day,
> Yes, I think that it is the ICU module that makes the Thai word
> breaking work in BibleCS. I have previously inserted word break
> characters in the Bible texts because Biblical words and names are not
> in the ICU dictionary and get broken erratically. However, that led to
> problems with the search as user could not insert the characters and
> had to use spaces which was unnatural for them.
> Note that there would be similar problems with Laos and Khmer. And
> probably Burmese but that is even more complicated.
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* DM Smith <dmsmith at crosswire.org>
> *Sent:* 10/16/2009 10:13:17 PM +0700
>> 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.
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