[jsword-devel] where can I help?

Eric Hartwell darth_linux at ameritech.net
Sun Jun 20 19:22:27 MST 2004

my degree will focus on distributed computing and OOP. 

i just got eclipse from jpackage yesterday so let me get JSword cvs and the 
Common project running. 



On Sunday 20 June 2004 18:23, DM Smith wrote:
> What is the emphasis of your grad degree. If I knew that I might be able
> to suggest something pertinent to your studies.
> Under the JSword [eclipse project] area you will find bugs.txt which
> gives a roadmap of what is left. It notes most of what needs to be done
> other than the bugs that we accidentally introduce with our changes. You
> may see something in there that you would like to work upon.
> In order to work on JSword, you will want to connect to CVS and download
> the most recent changes. I recommend using Eclipse 3. They are at
> release candidate 3 and will be at 5 by June 25. I expect that on the
> 28th that 3.0 will be released.
> I have been helping for the last 6 months and the automated JUnit
> testing has been left by the wayside. Further the build (via ant) that
> does the testing is broken.
> And there is very little useful documentation. The application has no
> user documentation and the JSword and Common projects should have a lot
> of documentation if they would be useful to an development community.
> The problem that I see with doing either of these is that they are hard
> to maintain once they are done, unless the product is mature. We are
> nearing 1.0 so the code is changing less and less. We are pretty close
> to a 1.0 release. So I imagine that it may be something that can be
> tackled at this time. And be of real value.
> Another area that needs attention is data quality. The various books
> (Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries and Reading Lists) are encoded in
> different ways. These are parsed and converted into OSIS 1.1 and then
> transformed into HTML for display using XSLT. The transformation into
> OSIS is problematic. Sometimes the data is bad. Sometimes it is parsed
> incorrectly. Sometimes it is transformed incorrectly or inappropriately.
>   It would be helpful to fix these. After 1.0, we will look at upgrading
> to OSIS 2.0. A gotcha I see here is that verse markers might not
> surround their verse and a verse marker may mark more than one verse.
> Another unaddressed problem is BiDi text, [Bi-Directional] (e.g.
> displaying Hebrew from right to left). Currently the text displays in
> the correct order but the verses are displayed from left to right. The
> net effect is that the verse numbers are on the left of the verse and if
> two verses could fit on a single line, the second verse would be on the
> right, when it should be on the left. Further, annotations/notes
> probably should be on the left margin, but they are on the right.
> I am working on internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n)
> support and am nearly done with that.
> Let us know what you decide so we can collaborate better.
> Eric Hartwell wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I'm working on my grad degree in CS and I want to use it, in part, to
> > contribute to the open-source community. I've had it on my heart to work
> > on (or around) the Sword project. I thought JSword would be ideal since
> > Java is a large part of the training I'm going through.
> >
> > Please let me know where I can get started. At this point I have just a
> > drop of Java knowledge, so somethings around feature testing or
> > documentation maintenace might be more suitable.
> >
> > thanks and God bless,
> >
> > Eric Hartwell
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