Jul 8, 2011 David Lang

Not All E-Books Are Created Equal

Recently I've been discussing the various cool things you can do with the Tool Browser. The Tool Browser is a powerful and flexible feature of the Accordance application which interacts with the information built into each Accordance module. When we develop an Accordance module, we think long and hard about what should and should not appear in the browser. What will the user expect? Are there special circumstances we need to work around? It's part of what makes developing an Accordance module more of an art than a science.


For example, look at the browser for the NIGTC commentary. Each volume of this commentary has a lengthy title such as "The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek Text" or "The Epistle to the Galatians: A Commentary on the Greek Text." If we let the entire title show up in the browser, a narrow browser pane would show numerous instances of "The Gospel of" and "The Epistle of" without letting you see the actual name of the biblical book! We therefore tweaked the browser so it would give you the information you need at a glance.

It's that kind of thought that goes into the development of every Accordance module, and many of these decisions are so subtle you would never even notice them. But they are all designed to save you time and effort, to enhance your user experience, and to go beyond merely delivering an electronic copy of a book.

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Archived Comments

Danny Zacharias

July 08, 2011 1:14 PM

David, I think you told me you all were working on this, but I'd love to see more of this "in module" information make it into the library window. It would be great to type in "galatians" and see the modules that contain a galatians commentary, or type in "barnabas" to see which module contains that book, etc.

Helen Brown

July 11, 2011 2:23 AM


This is exactly what you can do now in Search All. If you search for Galations in the Scripture field and select All Tools (or make your own group of commentaries), it will list modules with articles on Galatians first, and then those with cross references.

It is beyond the scope of the Library to look into the contents of the modules.

Danny Zacharias

July 13, 2011 11:52 AM

What do you mean by scripture field? In my search all I can only choose English/Greek/Hebrew/reference/caption.

David Lang

July 13, 2011 11:58 AM

Danny, Helen means the Reference field of the Search All window. It was recently renamed from Scripture to Reference.

Danny Zacharias

July 13, 2011 12:41 PM

Okay, I've done a test on this and it did what I expected—found EVERY reference to Galatians. This doesn't really help in finding the commentaries I have on Galatians. Now if i could search for Titles in the search all, that would effectively do what I am asking. Of course this would still be limited for the most part to tools, as texts don't tend to have titles (so for instance I can't search for "epistle of barnabas" and find it)

Helen Brown

July 14, 2011 12:51 AM

You can filter your Search All results by making a user group (in the Library window) of the commentaries you want to search. Accordance also lets you rank the results by Importance which will list titles first and scripture cross references later.

Danny Zacharias

July 14, 2011 10:06 AM

Thanks Helen and David. I see now how this is finding what I want. I was thrown by the first hit of my search for "Galatians", which was the CNTTS Apparatus. It highlights "Gal 0:0" which confused me because it is a reference, but not a title (I don't think).