[sword-devel] Wiki

peter refdoc at gmx.net
Wed Aug 22 10:06:06 MST 2007

Reverse engineering in order to connect up to or allow format shifting -
there is nothing immoral about that, nor is it illegal in many
jurisdictions. EULAs which try to enforce it have no legal or other
validity in many jurisdictions. AFAIK, IANAL etc etc.

So I would take that out, completely.Not all of us live in the US of A.

That aside, yes, I think there is a point in explaining how to get from
one _import_format to another. Because if you produced material for
programme X, but now see the light an discover the innate superiority of
Crosswire :-), then you would want to take your very own material with
you - and that must be ok under any and all legislations


jonathon wrote:
> On 08/19/2007 11:42 AM, * Chris Little wrote:
>> I don't understand the need for lists of other Bible software or of 
> Before I changed the question on the wiki it read "How do I convert my
> e-Sword files to Sword files".
> I thought that rephrasing that question to a more generic one would be
> more suitable.
> In terms of listing specific Bible Study Software, a note is added
> stating that the EULA for that software prohibits the format shifting of
> the content.  (Maybe even citing the appropriate section of the EULA.)
>> markup systems and file format
> People have material in various file formats, and markup systems.
> By listing them, a simple paragraph can either point to the appropriate
> tool to use, to import it into The Sword Project, or describe how to
> convert the material to a format that can be imported.
>> like CROSS and PDF that have absolutely no relation to Sword and never 
> People do ask about CROSS, PDF, and other formats, if they know that
> they can create their own resources for a Bible Study Program.  (Every
> Bible Study Program list archives I've read, has contained questions
> about converting file formats, and markup languages.
> To me, it is much easier to at least list the various file formats, and
> markup languages from the onset, than add them later.
> For each markup language, I'll either add a pointer to instructions on
> converting it to The Sword Project, or write instructions there.
> The file formats will be treated the same way as the Bible Study Programs.
>> will. Some of the language (in particular the notes on immorality) is a 
>> bit preachy. And the whole thing seems very redundant--though admittedly 
> Yes it is preachy.  Too preachy?  Maybe.   I was/am undecided about
> emphasizing the legality, or the morality of copying the material.
> I will be fleshing it out.  (I'm still trying to get my Windows system
> to boot up to the point that I can retrieve my notes.)
>> lot of the utilities listed either a) don't exist or b) aren't utility 
>> programs.
> I'll grant that not all they may be relevant. All of them exist.  The
> functionality, and hence utility is, for some at least, questionable.
> Some of them (probably the vast majority) have no documentation ---
> usable or otherwise.
> For the ones that are used to create Sword Project Resources, I'll
> create a page on the wiki that will describe using the program.
>> appropriate Copyright circulars or FAQ entries at copyright.gov.
> OK.  Also need to link to the relevant court decisions.
>> the future, in its current state, we should not be directing users to 
>> the file formats page.
> OK.
> xan
> jonathon

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