I don't know what the cost to Oak Tree would be for comparing another electronic text to find diversions, but I don't think it would be astronomical.
might be a relative term.Let me repeat again: I do not speak for Oak Tree Software. To be specific: I am only offering my own opinion.
Let's assume that there's a more accurate electronic
text out there somewhere. The text would need to be cleaned up so that it could be imported into an Accordance user Bible. That could take a few hours or a few days according to the nature and quality of the etext itself. Once it is imported, it would be easy enough to place it next to the Accordance ASV and check the compare button. According to the level of differences, it might take a day or surely less than a week to make corrections.
But how would you really know it's now correct? If the hardback Star edition that you and I own is the "best" ASV text in existence, it would still need to be compared to that. I have a feeling that
would be a very tedious and costly project (paying a developer by the hour or however Oak Tree developers are paid, while taking that developer off more pressing projects).
Ultimately, my response to your original message was an attempt to be pragmatic. There's a small minority of folks (so far, you, but let's assume there are others) who would like the ASV to receive a thorough evaluation in regard to its faithfulness to the correct ASV text. Every company (EVERY company
) has limited resources: people with varying degrees of talent and skill and capital to pay them. Every company has to weigh its projects against what will benefit the majority of customers in relation to its financial resources to complete those projects. This is just simple economics.
No, it is not free. You can't get it (aside from trial) from Oak Tree without paying money. The word "free" is very abused in marketing, as is "absolutely free" and "free gift." If you have to pay for something, it is not free. If you have to buy A to get B "free," B is not free. The biggest problem with this is that salvation is free, a free gift; but the word is abused so much, that it may cause persons not to believe that salvation is in fact free.
Point taken. I have amended my original response with all changes formatted in blue text
This is a matter of integrity. If one sells an ASV, it should be a genuine ASV. This is not a matter of getting a new module, as you compare it to, like the RV 1881 or notes. It appears to me that the Accordance "ASV" has so many, many errors, that it is not practical for someone to undertake a free (to Oak Tree) project of proof-reading the ASV for them. The result of having a defective ASV could be false quotations from it, invalid research.
I essentially agree, but based on what I wrote above, I would suggest that the factors surrounding the use of the ASV by Accordance users makes it a triaged
point of integrity. I hope that it will eventually be fixed (just as I hope for the footnotes for the TEV and REB), but if this does not become an immediate project on Oak Tree's part, I certainly understand why
this is the case based upon all surrounding factors.
This is not a matter of having "the most accurate ASV," but of in fact having an ASV. In all my life I never heard of a "most accurate ASV." I never detected any problem (except one missing letter in a word) in any ASV I have owned, whether from Thomas Nelson, The Watchtower Association, or Star.
...which goes to my point. You see, I have
heard of references to "the most accurate Greek New Testament" or even "the most accurate KJV" because these are widely in use. The ASV, while important (I've never denied this fact), is in very limited use these days and therefore (again, my opinion only), does not warrant the same level of attention as other projects currently on Oak Tree's plate, simply due to the universal reality of limited resources.
I suppose that until Oak Tree fixes the alleged ASV, it should call it The Defective ASV, instead of the ASV, and put a pop-up warning or something with it.
I have reported error before on the ASV (such as in a most important verse, Galatians 2:20) and never seen any correction.
The 1901 ASV text module is inconsistent with the reputation (& fact of) excellence of the Accordance program.
I am at my office, and my Star edition of the ASV is at home, but in comparing Accordance's ASV Gal 2:20 (I agree, a very important verse) with the Logos ASV, I don't see any difference other than some italicized words in the Logos text. But maybe I am overlooking it, or maybe both texts have the error.
At any rate, Enoch, hopefully, we may soon see the fruit of your labors, in regard to errors you have reported, in the form of an updated ASV text. As for a thorough revision of the entire text, who knows? You know what they say about the squeaky wheel and all...