In Accordance, the Instant Details Box is designed to give you enough information to keep you working through the text without interruption: parsing info, a brief gloss, etc. We know other programs will display whole lexicon entries, and that can certainly come in handy. But there are downsides to that approach which we think outweigh the convenience. That's why we haven't followed suit.
What are the downsides?
1. You have to devote a large portion of the screen to instant details. In order to show whole lexicon entries, you have to have a large window devoted to showing information about whatever the cursor passes over.
2. That large portion of the screen is constantly flashing with new information. All of that constant flashing is distracting and visually fatiguing, and it can be caused by the most minute movements of the cursor.
The Accordance instant details box is also constantly flashing with new information, but by keeping it small and neatly tucked away at the edge of the screen, you don't really notice it until you actually look there for instant info.
Thanks very much for the reply, David. I'll note two things:
1. I've been using BW for six years, and devote little more screen real estate to my analysis window than Accordance does to the ID window. I didn't say anything about being able to see
the entire lexicon entry -- you're obviously familiar with BW, so you know that window scrolls. Even so, I see the information I need on that one screen without scrolling about 75-80% of the time.
2. Given your last sentence, #2 really doesn't make much sense. The analysis window is no more or less visually distracting than ID.
Software is all about choices. In this case, the more information we can get, and the easier we can get it, makes us more productive. My Greek/Hebrew skills are on the light side, so the Analysis/ID window is of immense help when I'm researching a text. The ability to scroll over a sentence and immediately see the words involved make me a lot more productive then having to triple-click on each word as I go.
Another way some programs (not BibleWorks) present instant information is in a floating tooltip which appears beside your cursor. The problem with this approach is that the instant information is still accosting you when you don't want it, and even worse, is actually obscuring the text underneath. With this approach, the user must constantly move his cursor off to the edges of the screen to get rid of the tooltips and view his text unobstructed. Again, by keeping the instant information in a consistent and unobtrusive location on screen, Accordance avoids those problems.
Actually, BW has offered tooltips as an option since BW7. I personally keep them turned off for the reasons you state, but
there are others who use and love them. Again, the choice
is what's important. What works best for you doesn't necessarily work best for me, and vice versa. Just because I (or you) don't like them isn't a reason not to have them.
As for the paragraph display, the GNT-TD text does have paragraph breaks. I'm not sure why the KJVSD does not, because the full version of the KJVS does have them.
Ahh, OK. I didn't expect them to be in the native language texts, but I did assume they would be in your KJVSD since this is a demo intended to show off the product. Displaying paragraphs is something I've long wanted in BW, so I wanted to actually see what it looked like in Accordance.
I like a lot
of what I see in Accordance (except the expense, of course), but losing the instant access to information in the ID is going to be a big deal for me. I'm going to continue to play with the demo and watch the rest of the training, but there's really not enough in the demo to do real work. Does Accordance offer a return period on the software?
Thanks again for the reply, I appreciate your time.