[sword-devel] Generated footnote markers in non-Roman modules

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 09:09:38 MST 2013

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM, David Haslam <dfhmch at googlemail.com> wrote:

> Some Bible modules that are for a language with a non-Roman script do NOT
> have an attribute 'n' value in the OSIS,
> so the automatically generated footnote markers (a, b, c, d, ...) look
> especially bad.

That is what the 'n' attribute is for. If the auto-generated footnote
markers look bad, then put in an 'n' attribute to the source OSIS file.

Defaults generally look bad when applied to circumstances outside of their
source default.

> If at all possible, we should employ letters from the same script.

I don't know of a programmatic method for this, but if there is one it
would probably introduce dependency on another library such as ICU or
similar. Xiphos currently does not require ICU directly and BibleTime tries
to not require it at all by using the built-in Qt libraries for Unicode
handling. But, in general, if users don't like the 'default' behavior they
should use the provided mechanism of the 'n' attribute to change it.

> For collaboration projects, this subject should be something to be reviewed
> with the copyright owners and/or Bible translators.

And they should provide values for the 'n' attribute.

> /This was briefly commented on in a private email concerning the Central
> Kurdish (Sorani NT) module/.
> David
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