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Friday, August 08, 2008  

More on Changing the Text Display

In my last post, I described the different ways you can change the display settings for Bible texts. These were (1) temporarily changing the appearance of text in a specific window or pane, (2) setting the default display for a single Bible text, and (3) setting the default display for all Bible texts at once. A key point of that post was that when you change the default display of your Bibles, the change only affects new instances of those Bible texts; existing windows and panes containing those Bibles are not changed unless you specifically update them. In a comment on that post, Helen pointed out that this applies to saved windows as well. So that Helen's point does not get lost in a comment, I want to reiterate it here.

Just as we don't want any new display changes to overwrite or mess up some custom display you may have set up on screen, so we don't want to mess up some custom display you might have saved. Imagine that you have some window setup that you use for creating slides for a congregational setting. To make copying and pasting as seamless as possible, you have that window set to some large san-serif font with superscript characters and red letter turned off. You have saved this window to use whenever you're working on the slides, but for your personal study you prefer a smaller serif font with superscript characters and red letter displayed. If, when you made some change to your global display preferences, Accordance automatically updated your slide-making set up to reflect those new settings, you would lose the custom settings you chose for that specific task. So we just don't do that.

Unfortunately, this can be confusing to people who have saved some setup they use all the time and who want any display changes to be reflected in that setup. For example, let's say you have a Greek studies workspace that you have set up. You don't use it all the time, but you do turn to it quite frequently. When version 8 came out with the option to change the background color, you gleefully set the background color for all your Bibles and tools to "Parchment." Unfortunately, whenever you open your Greek studies workspace, the background color is still white! This is because that window is still using the older settings. To remedy this, you need to update the text or tool in each window and pane so that it now appears with your new parchment default. Then you need to save that Greek studies workspace again.

Now, here's the tricky part. Accordance will only save a window or workspace if some change has been made to the search argument in that window or in one of the tabs of the workspace. Merely scrolling the text or changing the display characteristics will not cause Accordance to recognize that a savable change has been made. So to resave your Greek studies workspace, you can either use Save As... to save the workspace with the same name and location as your previous Greek studies workspace (which, of course, will replace the old one), or you can make a simple change to a search argument, like just typing a space after the current search argument, and then choose Save (or use the keyboard shortcut command-S).

The same thing applies if you have saved some window arrangement as your Default Startup. If you've set Accordance to start up with a specific workspace and then you make some change to the default display of your Bibles, that change will not be reflected in the workspace Accordance starts up with. You will need to update the display of that workspace, and then save the updated workspace as your Default Startup (in the General settings of the Preferences).

I hope this helps to clarify the setting of text display defaults even further.

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