[sword-devel] The Dutch Annotations upon the Whole Bible 1657

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Sun Dec 26 22:22:06 MST 2010

Hi Teus,

After some prompting, I had a look at the SWORD module.  A few comments:
1. I was expecting this to be a commentary rather than a Bible (though this
might be a gray area, as it seems to have the complete Biblical text with
annotations).  A similar one is the Geneva Bible Translation Notes, which
includes the Biblical text as well as the notes, but is packaged as a

2. If it were to be a Bible, I would expect the annotations to be hidden
away in translation notes.

3. Making the section headings pre-verse headings (e.g. Genesis 1:0) would
probably be a good thing, as they really come before the chapter rather than
being dropped into verse 1.

4. Having scripture references linked would be good too, though I realise
this isn't straightforward as they are just loose in the text.

5. Almost all the verses seem to start with a ".".  Is this what is
expected?  [I do see it in the original text, but that is a display style,
with verses shown as "22.".  This display style isn't going to carry over
nicely when verse numbers are formatted differently, or even not shown at

6. Quite a few letters seem to be doubled in Matthew where they shouldn't be
(e.g. thhe, bringgg, anotherr).  This seems to be in the USFM source, and
seems to apply to John as well, but not to Mark and only occasionally to
Luke (I haven't checked any of the others).

7. Spacing around punctuation seems sometimes to be suspect (e.g. in John
11:50, "Christs death ,for thhe reconciliation" rather than "Christ's death,
for the reconciliation" - here the spacing around the punctuation differs
from the original, but the original does not have an apostrophe: I would
still say it would be better with an apostrophe for use now, but it may not
be considered accurate to the original text).

Not wishing to find fault with what must have been a large job, just to note
problems as I see them so it can be improved.


On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 4:37 AM, Teus Benschop <teusjannette at gmail.com>wrote:

> Thanks for clarifying that the language is English rather than Dutch.
> A SWORD module has been created and is now being uploaded to
> http://sites.google.com/site/dutchannotations1657/ .
> But I would prefer an official module, hosted by the SWORD
> repositories,.
> Teus
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