[jsword-devel] Missing short bible book names for most languages

Martin Denham mjdenham at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 16:37:55 MST 2011

Hi, I have hit a problem and I don't know if anybody has any suggestions.

A long term request for And Bible has been to show the book names and
chapters in a grid for navigation purposes.  To fit the book names on the
screen I used the short names from BibleNames.properties e.g. 'Gen'. 'Exo'
and it was working very well until I tried a test in a foreign language when
I discovered that very few of the localisations have short names and if
there is no short name then the long name is used and there is no way to fit
66 long names in a grid on a small mobile phone screen.

To compound the problem it is not just a few languages that are missing
short names it is nearly all of them:

No short names: af, ar_EG, bg, cs, da, es, fi, fr, he, hu, id, it, la, lt,
nl, no, pl, pt_BR, pt, ro, ru, sk, sl, sv, th, uk,
Short names: de, en, et, fa, in,  ko, vi, zh_CN, zh

I did wonder if there might be an alternative source of short names,
possibly from another sword project like Xiphos, that we could use to insert
the correct short names in our properties files.

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