[sword-devel] From Windows PC to iPhone

Johan Marais (johanma@absa.co.za) johanma at absa.co.za
Fri Jul 30 02:24:23 MST 2010

Thank you and yes, these features do express some meaning and they are required.

Is there a way to convert my file

In the beginning ...
And the earth ...

into OSIS format? If there is software available, please point me to the address where I can obtain it from.

Is there an OSIS bible module that contains the following and which I can use as an example?

Hebrew letters for the Name of the Father and the Son.
Characters with diacritical markers (e.g. h with a dot below, b with a line below, etc. - "special characters")
Colored text - This does not refer to any direct speech
Super text

Once again, I am not a computer programmer.

Thank you for the help.


From: Peter von Kaehne [mailto:refdoc at gmx.net]
Sent: 30 July 2010 12:40 AM
To: SWORD Developers' Collaboration Forum
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] From Windows PC to iPhone

Dear Johan,

Basically all these features are expressing presumably some sort of meaning, no? You would want to encode the text in a fashion that the meaning is actually expressed and then leave the various frontends to choose the graphic method of choice to represent this.

E.g. "red text" is often used for Jesus' own direct speech, but to get the best out of our software you would want to encode such direct quotes not as fontcolor red, but as quote of Jesus.

The best way to achieve this is via OSIS.


On 29/07/10 20:09, Johan Marais wrote:
God evening,

I require assistance please.

I have created a bible module for The SWORD Project for Windows from an IMP / GBF UTF-8 text file, using imp2vs, e.g.

$$$Gen 1:1
In the beginning ...

My goal is to make this same module available for the iPhone and SwordReader.

The bible module has inter alia the following within the text:

Hebrew letters for the Name of the Father and the Son.
Characters with diacritical markers (e.g. h with a dot below, b with a line below, etc. - "special characters")
Blue colored text
Super text

The above (except blue text) show 100% correctly in The SWORD Project for Windows, but superscript and the blue text don't show in Xiphos.

I have copied this module to iPhone and the Hebrew and the special characters, bold, italics and superscript show correctly, but the colored text doesn't show, just black text.

Similarly in SwordReader, except the Hebrew and special characters just show blocks, probably just a font issue. The same with SlideBible (it is a pity the font cannot be changed though).

My first priority is to get this module to work in the iPhone though.

I am using <FS> for superscript, <FB> for bold and <FI> for italics, but I can't find a way to change the color of the text. I have tried <font color="blue"> and <span style="color:blue;">,but neither shows the text in blue. Using these tags to change the color in the .config file work correctly though.

Using <b> and <i> don't work for bold and italics.

Question: How do I change the color of the text for the iPhone please?

I have downloaded all the utilities and have read the posts, but I am at a loss.

All and any help is appreciated - but please note that I am not a programmer, bt can easily enough add / change tags.

Nic Carter referred me to this list.

In His Name,



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