[sword-devel] Rendering added words for languages that don't use italics?

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 12:43:31 MST 2011


On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 7:12 AM, David Haslam <dfhmch at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Thanks Greg,
> That's a very helpful summary of the multiple difficulties, not the least of
> which is manpower.
> It almost makes one wonder how anything got done to support added words
> (even for the KJV), despite having well defined markup tags in both USFM and
> OSIS for several years now. ;>}

This is because someone just operated under the assumption that added
words meant italics, and produced a straightforward and simple mapping
to the HTML <i> or the RTF equivalent.

> Since nothing is universally agreed (the premier difficulty), perhaps it
> could usefully be drawn to the attention of the wider community at next
> year's Bible Technology conference?

It's probably not of any interest to other software producers. While
I'm not privvy to most technologies out there, I do know that Logos
does not wrangle and wring its hands and cry over the possibility that
a module's style sheet might mess with the application's design, etc.
Every module has a style sheet that uses a technology which resembles
XML-aware sed in its power to insert arbitrary text and styles into
the module.  I would imagine OliveTree and e-Sword and everyone else
in the field who wants to be taken seriously does as well.

As an example, the industry standard format for book publishing
recently released its latest update wherein they adopted HTML5 as the
mechanism for representing a work.  Complete with support for CSS and
JavaScript within the works to allow each book to customize its
styling.  And here we are wringing our hands over allowing a module to
have a CSS file (which David documents in his just previous email
would be sufficient for all the problems mentioned here).


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