[sword-devel] Hyphens in book names

Daniel Owens dhowens at pmbx.net
Wed Sep 29 14:08:09 MST 2010

On 09/29/2010 03:55 PM, Robert Hunt wrote:
> New Zealand.
> Hello all,
>     I am spending today studying the documentation on the Crosswire 
> Sword wiki so I'm likely to have a few questions. Please let me know 
> if this is not the right forum to ask questions.
>     I see in http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/DevTools:SWORD that 
> localised book names are not allowed hyphens in them (because the 
> hyphen is used for verse ranges). In the Philippine language that we 
> worked with as Bible translators, the hyphen is a letter in the 
> alphabet and appears in several book names!
>     Is this still a current limitation? If so, what is the suggested 
> work-around.
> Thanks,
> Robert.
This problem came up with Vietnamese, and I was just told to drop the 
hyphens. The result was not ideal, but in the end it is still 
comprehensible in Vietnamese. I think the hyphen was needed because 
Vietnamese is monosyllabic, but more recent "transliterations" of 
foreign names have simply dropped the hyphens. Would the names still be 
comprehensible without the hyphen?


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