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Sunday, June 17, 2007  

ESV Second Edition Available

The Second Edition of the English Standard Version is now available for download. This update to the ESV includes a number of minor textual updates from the ESV Translation Oversight Committee meeting in 2005. The ESV-SE module can be run in parallel with the original ESV in order to compare the texts. You can purchase and download the ESV-SE for $30, and users of the original ESV can upgrade for just $10.

In addition to the textual emendations, the new ESV-SE module greatly improves the display and behavior of the superscripted footnote markers. We have lots of Bibles with superscripted letters marking the presence of translator's notes or cross-references, and we never seem to get complaints about any of them, except for the ESV. Over the years, we've had a number of complaints that the superscripted letters are distracting and that they make the text harder to read. The problem was a simple one: when we first developed the ESV module, we didn't make the superscripted letters small enough in comparison to the main text.

Another problem we had was with the asterisk, which marks translator's notes. The asterisk character in most fonts is already small and raised in comparison with the surrounding text, so from a visual standpoint, there's no need to apply a superscript style to it. So when we were developing the ESV module, we did not superscript the asterisk.

Now, Accordance has options in the Copy as Citation and Text Display settings to hide all superscript characters. If you choose these options for the old ESV, all the superscripted letters will disappear; but because we didn't superscript the asterisks, the asterisks remain. That was an annoying problem for ESV users who wanted to get rid of all the note and cross-reference markers.

In the ESV-SE module, both of these problems have been fixed. The letters marking cross-references are smaller, and the asterisks have been superscripted so that they too get hidden when that option is selected. If you've been frustrated by either of these issues, you'll definitely want to upgrade to the ESV-SE.

David, have there been any changes to the Notes or X-Ref modules, or are those exactly identical to the originals?

Is there any reason it is a paid upgrade? Especially when most of the changes seem to be because of corrected, or altered formatting.

Good question! Two answers:
1. A separate paid upgrade to a module of a different name gives users a choice and enables them to compare the texts and note the differences. If we just corrected the same module, it would replace the old one.
2. If Crossway had supplied a list of corrections, our work would have been trivial, but we had to start over with a new etext and redo all three modules. In order to stay in business we do have to try to cover our costs.

Just in case anyone else was wondering the same thing I was, the notes module at least has some differences, like at John 6:58-59, where the SE has a note for John 6:58 but the original does not.

Anyone know about the cross-references?

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