[sword-devel] TEI formatting, duplicated key (BDB Glosses)

David Troidl DavidTroidl at aol.com
Mon Apr 30 18:25:14 MST 2012

On 4/30/2012 7:54 AM, Chris Little wrote:
> On 4/30/2012 4:39 AM, David Troidl wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> I'm certainly no expert on your TEI dictionaries, but wouldn't it make
>> sense to have the first key be one that would sort properly, and present
>> the dictionary in true alphabetical order? I'm thinking of Middle
>> Liddell, as well as the Hebrew. This key wouldn't even necessarily have
>> to be shown to the user. The second key, the title, could then maintain
>> the proper accents for display, without hindering sorting, searching or
>> navigation.
> I confess, I don't understand what you're proposing this as an 
> alternative to.
> In the example Karl cites, there's just one actual key per entry. It 
> is an uppercased version of the entryFree's n attribute. This is the 
> key that is sorted.
> The un-uppercased version from the n attribute is being rendered as 
> part of the entry text via the TEI filters. This is the part I'm 
> proposing we retain, but render somewhere else, e.g. right-justified 
> at the bottom of the entry.
> We also render all the text of the entry, which in these cases 
> includes the text from a title element.
> I don't know what 'true alphabetical order' means, but if you mean 
> localized sort order, it's not possible with the current 
> implementation of this module type.
My main point was not to remove the key, but to use it effectively.

The point about alphabetical order relates to Middle Liddell. Here is a 
little chunk from the lexicon keys, as they are in BibleTime:
This may be sorting by Unicode codepoints, but could hardly be called 
alphabetical. This arrangement of the lexicon makes it virtually 
unusable, at least by me. If the key were something like:
αωτον ἄωτον
it would sort by Greek alphabetical order, then distinguish the accents.

> --Chris
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