[sword-devel] Sword support of indents and line breaks

John Austin gpl.programs.info at gmail.com
Fri Apr 12 20:47:01 MST 2013

On 04/13/2013 09:24 AM, Chris Little wrote:
> On 4/12/2013 6:58 AM, Greg Hellings wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM, John Austin
>> <gpl.programs.info at gmail.com <mailto:gpl.programs.info at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     You didn't address my main point: Content providers should be given
>>     a way to have final control over how their formatted texts appear,
>>     and one which is simple and reliable. I'll comment below, but a
>>     Bible translation is not a web-page or an app which might need a new
>>     look someday, or a new skin. CSS and content abstraction etc. are
>>     great ideas, but they should not be artificially forced onto Bible
>>     publishers. Yes, they should be offered, and even encouraged- fine.
>>     But publishers should be able to say: "This is exactly how I want
>>     the formatting, everywhere, any time. Period." I don't understand
>>     why this expectation is so abhorrent. Offering a handful of content
>>     abstractions and extensions, all of whose definitions are arguable
>>     (see below) and likely in flux, is neither simple, nor satisfying to
>>     content providers who desire control over the presentation of their
>>     texts.
>> You'll find that many people in this list are strongly opposed to giving
>> content providers any sort of presentational control over their text.
>> This is unfortunate, but it is the direction Sword is lead in.
> No one in this thread had opposed giving some presentational control to
> encoders. (Matěj has, but he wrote after you.)
> I have no problem with providing means for presentational control, but I
> believe it should be done correctly, using appropriate methods. That
> means <p> attributes on the OSIS side and CSS styling on the XHTML side.
> The proposed solution is an abuse of both OSIS and the CDATA stream
> output by the filters. It's incredibly easy to add paragraph indentation
> support the correct way, and no reasonable rationale has been given for
> why it should be done differently.
I have given many such arguments which I consider rational in other 
posts to this discussion. I'm sure there are others who would also 
agree. So you can't say "no reasonable rationale has been given".

> --Chris
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