[sword-devel] Bible book introductions

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Mon Jun 3 05:55:54 MST 2013

I saw that Scope was yanked from the wiki with a comment that it had been rejected. I really don't remember it being rejected. I just remember that the discussion never went anywhere so it was dropped. I documented the desire of that discussion by putting an entry into the wiki. Even if engine support is given for determining this by examining a module, it will be far slower than having a declaration in the conf. On phones (low powered devices), such discovery is much too expensive and needs to be cached on a per module basis so that it is not recomputed.

I still think that it is very needed. I'm getting tired of how such discussions go.

I'm not at all clear why NoParagraphs was added as a Feature for the frontends to use. I don't remember any discussion of it here. I don't see the need for it. A frontend can examine each and every verse to see if there is paragraphing or other such structural elements that imply paragraphing. I have no intention of using it for the KJV. At least not without community discussion and buy-in.

How is NoParagraphs any different than NoIntroductions (or Introductions) !!!!!

In Him,
	DM Smith 

On Jun 2, 2013, at 5:47 PM, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:

> On 6/2/2013 9:23 AM, Chris Burrell wrote:
>> Hi
>> Some books have Bible introductions. Can I suggest adding a flag to the
>> conf file to indicate this is the case? In the similar mindset as a
>> previous post, I'd prefer being able to query the conf file for features
>> of a particular module rather than having to read part of the module and
>> hope for that particular book/chapter to have an introduction. A yes/no
>> flag in the .conf file would be helpful.
>> (In particular, I have in mind the book introductions that are part of
>> the ESV text). But no doubt other modules will also (or in the future
>> will also) have the same aspects.
>> Chris
> I would say no. This doesn't add anything.
> Identifying that a module possesses introductions at some level does not indicate that it possesses all of the introductions at that level. Accordingly, knowing that a module possesses introductions still requires checking for non-empty contents in order to know that a particular introduction is non-empty.
> This is along the lines of the request for a Scope .conf entry, which was already rejected. Whatever solution is used for that case can also be used for introductions.
> --Chris
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