[sword-devel] Looking for vpl reference

Angel Candelaria linuxarecibo at gmail.com
Fri Jun 10 19:32:24 MST 2011

Hi Jon.

Well, the problem I was having was with the vpl format; for some reason, the
conversion process removed a lot of spaces in the text and it didn't show
correctly on the bible viewers (at least on BibleTime and Xiphos).

I'm currently converting the text to imp format.  I ran some tests, although
it is not finished, but at least the problem with the spaces is gone now.
Seems that I'll stick to the imp version if I can solve the problem of the
spaces with the vpl format.

Anyway, it would be nice to submit this module to Crosswire (and I don't
think the bible's author has a problem with that), but converting it to OSIS
will certainly take some time.  So I believe I'll stick to either imp or vpl
for the moment - the main purpose of making this a Sword module is to make
it available to others through the author's website.

On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM, Jonathan Morgan <jonmmorgan at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Mike / Angel,
> On Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM, Mike Hart <just_mike_y at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> HOWEVER:  your latest post says you are creating an IMP type file, not a
>> VPL type file.  to create a sword module from IMP type files do a similar
>> process
>> $ IMP2MOD.exe (enter) --> gives you the options you need to include ....
>> IMPort files have more options because the IMP format can be used for any
>> type of sword module, where the VPL (verse per line) assume you are
>> importing text or verse for verse commentaries.  I've created modules from
>> import files, but not ones that work with BibleTime.
>> When you get into IMPort files, the Sword team has made statements about
>> not supporting this type of format for module creation any longer, and some
>> of the front end programs may no longer be able to read the output file.
>> This is because the Import format includes much more support for formatting
>> (centers on the screen, etc.) the VPL type files are also no longer
>> officially supported, but if you stick with plain text VPL files, there is
>> very little chance your module will do something that the bible reader
>> programs no longer support.
> I'm not sure that this is correct.  While I have heard things about IMP as
> an import mechanism not going to be supported well in future, that concern
> is quite different from whether the created modules actually work well in
> programs.  If you use GBF then it is quite possible that it will not work
> well in all programs, but if you use OSIS or ThML then I would expect them
> to be well supported for the foreseeable future.
> Certainly if you want to submit modules to CrossWire and are creating a
> Bible complete OSIS documents are preferred (I think because it allows it to
> be run through a validator, whereas OSIS/ThML in an IMP file is not
> necessarily valid XML).  However, if you are wanting to use and distribute
> modules yourself you can pretty much use anything that works.
> Modules from import files should work just as well as modules from
> osis2mod.  Could you give more details about any ones that didn't work with
> BibleTime?
> Jon
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