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Monday, July 09, 2007  

What to Expect When You Triple-Click

In my last post, I mentioned that I'll triple-click a Greek or Hebrew word to look it up in my default Greek or Hebrew lexicons. That elicited the following comment:

If I triple-click some word in NAS95S, let's say, Bethany, NAS Greek opens. But the first dictionary I've set in the list is NIDNTT. Why Accordance doesn't open this word in NIDNTT, I'd prefer this dictionary... Every time I triple-click, I have to change dictionaries.

The disparity between what I described in my post and what the user described in his comment is due to the fact that we're each triple-clicking a different kind of word. I spoke about triple-clicking a Greek or Hebrew word, while he spoke about triple-clicking an English word in a Bible text tagged with Strong's Numbers.

Triple-clicking is designed to open those resources which are most appropriate to the kind of text triple-clicked:

  • If you triple-click a Greek word, Accordance will open the default Greek lexicon.
  • If you triple-click a Hebrew word, Accordance will open the default Hebrew lexicon.
  • If you triple-click an English word in a text without Key Numbers, Accordance will open the default English tool.
  • If you triple-click a verse reference, Accordance will open the default Reference tool (commentary, cross-reference, etc.).
  • If you triple-click a word in an English text with Key Numbers, Accordance will search the corresponding Strong's Dictionary.
  • Thus, triple-clicking a word in the NAS New Testament will open the NAS Greek dictionary; triple-clicking a word in the NIV-G/K Old Testament will open the NIV Hebrew Dictionary, etc. Since the KJVS, NAS95S, and the NIV-G/K all use slightly different numbering systems, Accordance opens the dictionary which corresponds to the text you're in, regardless of how you have your Greek or Hebrew tools arranged.

    We do this because it is what most users of key-numbered Bible texts want most of the time, especially given the fact that they may not have more in-depth lexicons like NIDNTT or BDAG. Obviously, it's not what every user wants every time. The user who posted the comment above obviously wants to go directly from the English word to his favorite Greek lexicon. I sometimes find myself triple-clicking an English word in a key-numbered Bible and wanting to go to my default English tool (Anchor Bible Dictionary) rather than to the Strong's dictionary. The good news is that he and I can get around the link between a Bible text with key numbers and its corresponding Strong's dictionary. The "bad" news is that we can't do it by triple-clicking.

    To go from a key-numbered Bible to my default English tool, I need to double-click the word to select it, then click the English Tools button on the Resource palette. It's not quite as convenient as triple-clicking, but then I'm wanting something other than the default behavior.

    To go from a key-numbered Bible to my default Greek or Hebrew tool, I need only select a word, hold down the option key, and click either the Greek or Hebrew Tools button on the Resource palette. This tells Accordance to search those tools not for the English word I selected, but for the Greek or Hebrew word which corresponds to the Strong's number attached to that word. Again, it's not quite as convenient as triple-clicking, but I'm wanting to do something other than the default.

    For those who don't want to go to the Resource palette, another option might be to triple-click the English word to open the Greek or Hebrew Strong's dictionary, and then to triple-click the Greek or Hebrew word in that dictionary to look it up in a more in depth lexicon. Depending on how fast you can click, this two-step approach might be faster than holding down the option key and going to the palette. Another approach might be to keep a pane open displaying the Greek or Hebrew text, and triple-click those words directly.

    In the next version of Accordance, we may allow you to triple-click a word in a key-numbered text to go to your default Greek or Hebrew lexicon, but until then, what I've described above is what you can expect when you triple-click.

    How do you designate a Greek lexicon as your default lexicon? Also, how do you put the lexicons in order of preference?

    The default Greek, Hebrew, English, and Reference Tools are those which are at the top of each list. You can arrange the modules in every category by choosing Arrange Modules from the Edit menu.

    Thanks David ... I've been baffled for a long time as to why my triple clicks in NASB95S took me straight to the NAS Greek/Hebrew tools instead of my default tool ... this was driving me around the bend because I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Thanks also for pointing out the double-click workaround!

    Thank you David! It helped me too! And I'm eagerly waiting for the next version of Accordance where I'll be allowed (maybe!!!) to go straight to my default Greek tool! :-)

    When I triple-click a word, instead of opening a new tab, as it did before I re-installed 7.4.2 after a crash, it opens a new window. Can anyone help me switch back to tabs?

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