Aug 14, 2012 David Lang

Wouldn't It Be Nice? Better Module Names

I've been using Accordance for a long time, and in my completely unbiased opinion, it's easily the best Bible software on the market. Still, there is always room for improvement, and there are times I find myself thinking, "Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance functioned like this?"

For example, look at the module names that appear in the Library window and various Resource menus. Many of these modules have rather cryptic names consisting of abbreviations or titles which have been shortened in some way. All those shortened names can make it difficult to figure out which books you have available—particularly if you bought a large package containing a bunch of different resources.

As an insider, I understand the reasons for this.

The first challenge we face is that Biblical studies books don't lend themselves to a consistent and concise naming convention. Many share identical titles (e.g. Systematic Theology or Introduction to the New Testament) and become known instead by the names of their authors. Others become known by abbreviations of their titles (e.g. the Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament is commonly referred to as HALOT) or their authors (the Greek lexicon by Bauer, Danker, Arndt, and Gingrich is widely known as BDAG). Even worse, different individuals, groups, or schools may refer to the same works by different naming conventions (Is it Bibliotheca Sacra, BibSac, or BSac?).

The second challenge we face is that module names need to be both unique and concise enough to be shown in a pop-up menu. How do you distinguish How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth from How to Read the Bible Book by Book while also keeping the module name as short as possible? The best we could come up with was How To-Read Bible and How To-Book by Book.

Then there's the challenge of an ever-growing library to contend with. For example, Edersheim's Sketches of Jewish Social Life is named Sketches, which was pretty clear when we released it. But since then we've added Sketches of Church History. We couldn't use Sketches again, and using the whole title would have been too long, so we called that module Church History. Later we added Schaff's eight-volume church history, but we couldn't use Church History, so we named that module Schaff's History.

I think you can see what we're up against. We've done the best we can to come up with concise, unique, informative module names, but many of them are admittedly cryptic. Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance gave longer, more descriptive titles, at least in parts of the interface where there's room for it, such as in the Library window or text display panes? Wouldn't it be nice if instead of this:


You saw something like this:


Hmmmm. It sure would be nice.

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Archived Comments

Will Barkley

August 14, 2012 5:40 PM


Nick Smith

August 14, 2012 7:20 PM
Please, really, please

Will Varner

August 14, 2012 9:36 PM
Yes. Our registrar still uses 8 letter unintelligible abbrieviated titles for courses and semesters even though Winidows shed that limitation many years ago.

Alan Houtzer

August 14, 2012 9:52 PM
When was it that I suggeste that? It was before MacOS X, so that's twelve years...


August 15, 2012 4:08 PM

What I want, what I really, really want (even the Spice Girls want this!)



August 15, 2012 5:58 PM

Hmmmm... Nice screen shot!  :)


August 16, 2012 5:46 AM

Indeed, yes, that really would be nice


August 17, 2012 12:39 PM

This was one of the things I was always wondering about but was always afraid to ask…