[sword-devel] Problem with Hebrew and English and Strongs in SWORD Parallel view (RtL and LtR)

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Fri Feb 25 11:56:53 MST 2011

If you intended Hebrew text to come through, it didn't. You aren't very 
specific about which front end you're using, but I assume you meant "The 
SWORD Project for Windows" (BibleCS). It has a significantly different 
text layout system relative to other front ends, so if you meant that 
front end, then "or Bible program of choice" is very definitely not an 
option, as none of the others will have remotely similar behavior.

Parallel view in BibleCS has its own separate text layout system from 
the rest of the program, which is significantly less robust and, in my 
estimation, was never really finished. If you like having a 
parallel-type view, I recommend using a different front end (Xiphos, 
BibleTime, BPBible, etc.).

Finally, this doesn't really have anything to do with the Unicode BiDi 
algorithm, which describes how to sequence text just fine. It's, if 
anything, incorrect & non-uniform application of the algorithm.


On 2/24/2011 11:58 PM, crosswire.w.micmurphys wrote:
> Here's an interesting exercise.
> 1) Start The SWORD Project (or Bible program of choice)
> 2) Go to the Parallel view
> 3) Select OSMHB for your first Bible
> 4) Select KJV for your second Bible
> 5) Note the word order in the Hebrew in particular
> 6) Now turn on the Strongs numbers
> 7) Note the word order of the Hebrew
> .
> .
> .
> On mine the Hebrew word order is reversed.
> the above sentence would look like
> reversed. is order word Hebrew the mine On
> If the Strongs numbers are off, both texts look fine.  But if the numbers
> are on then things look decidedly weird.  Anyone else see this or is it just
> me?

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