[jsword-devel] MapTable

DM Smith dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 30 13:25:16 MST 2004

I got it twice. Once today and once when you originally sent it.

Joe Walker wrote:

> I wish I understood how this happened - I sent this mail ages ago and it 
> has only just arrived. Computers!
> Joe.
> Joe Walker wrote:
>> Hi,
>>> Earlier I had worked on the MapTable used to display Sword Book conf
>>> files. One of the problems is that some of the lines are too long and
>>> should wrap. I had wrapping at one point, but took it out because it was
>>>  ugly when the window was resized. It is not really a big deal but it
>>> bothers me. So I want to fix it.
>>> I have been pleased with how JTextPane handles tables and I am thinking
>>> that would be a good solution for displaying tabular data. Any thoughts
>>> on whether it would be a good, neutral or bad idea?
>> Thoughts:
>> - I think HTML has more of a future than Swing.
>> - A Swing table is more resizable and (with extra effort) sortable, etc.
>> - Swing would probably fit better with the look of the rest of the app
>> - HTML can display much more than just a table
>> On a quick scan BookMetaData.getProperties is only used by this 
>> display so
>> it is tempting to replace it with:
>>   BookData getInfo();
>> Which would return an OSIS doc, containing whatever, but defaulting to a
>> table displaying the properties of the book.
>>> Further with the conf files, I have presented the rows in the order that
>>> they are in the file, with the synthetic rows at the bottom. In trying
>>> to figure out what Bibles would represent a good data test set
>>> (basically a one-of-each encoding approach) I was scanning the conf's in
>>> the Book installer window and found the lack of a consistent ordering a
>>> little bit frustrating. Is there a value in having the order consistent
>>> with that of the file? (Earlier it was random.) I would like to change
>>> it to make it more consistent. My initial thought is to order it based
>>> upon importance to the application (what it uses and what it does not)
>>> and importance to the user (i.e. some reasonable approximation of the
>>> order of the other keys) I guess I could go overboard and let it be
>>> fully customizable, but I was thinking that a resource file with ordered
>>> keys would be a good starting place. Maybe represent the Map in xml and
>>> use xslt to present it.
>> See comments above.
>> My one word of caution would be that I'm not going to get too involved
>> because I want to focus on fixing more important bugs, and that I don't
>> want to remove the current method until this is better than it.
>> Joe.
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