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Oct 10, 2012 David Lang

A Primer on Recycling, Part 2

Yesterday I showed you the basics of how recycling works. When a tab's contents are set to recycle, that tab will be updated whenever you perform an appropriate amplify or hypertext action. As we saw yesterday, when you triple-click a Greek word to look it up in BDAG, the BDAG tab is set to recycle and therefore updates with every new word you triple-click. This is much cleaner than opening a new BDAG tab for each of those words. In today's post, I want to explain why Accordance will sometimes open a new tab even when it seems like an appropriate resource is set to recycle.

Let's start with a new search tab containing an English Bible and the tagged Greek Septuagint (LXX1) in parallel. While studying Ecclesiastes 1:3, we triple-click the word περισσεία to look it up in BDAG. Next we triple-click μόχθῳ, and our BDAG tab is recycled to display the appropriate entry.


Then we triple-click μοχθεῖ, and suddenly, instead of recycling our existing BDAG tab, a second BDAG tab is opened! What just happened?


If we look more closely at this second BDAG tab, we'll notice a couple of things. First, the hit we got happens to appear in the content of the article on κενός, a completely different Greek word from the one we triple-clicked. If we look at the Field token in the search entry box, we'll notice that this tab is set to search the Greek Content field of BDAG rather than the Greek Entry field. From this it should be clear that BDAG does not contain an actual entry for the word we triple-clicked. BDAG is, after all, a New Testament lexicon that does not cover every word in the Greek Septuagint. So when Accordance did not find the third word we triple-clicked in the Greek Entry field of BDAG, it searched the Greek Content field and found one occurrence.

That explains the different result, but why did Accordance deliver that result in a second tab rather than recycling the first tab? The answer is that Accordance will recycle a tab only if all the search conditions remain the same. As long as we were triple-clicking words that were found in the same field of the same tool (namely, the Greek Entry field of BDAG), Accordance was able to recycle the tab set to search the Greek Entry of BDAG. As soon as we triple-clicked a word that was found in the Greek Content field of BDAG, Accordance had to open another copy of BDAG with the field set to Greek Content.

Now, if we continue to triple-click words in Ecclesiastes 1:3, we'll find that any word which is found in the Greek Entry field will be displayed in the first BDAG tab, and any word found in the Greek Content field will be displayed in the second BDAG tab. In other words, Accordance will recycle each tab whenever we perform a search which meets all of that tab's search conditions.

If you've ever found yourself wondering why sometimes Accordance recycles a tab containing a resource and sometimes opens a new copy of that resource, now you know the reason. A window can only be recycled if it meets all the conditions of the current search.


Oct 9, 2012 David Lang

A Primer on Recycling, Part 1

The recently released 10.0.4 update contained a number of bug fixes and enhancements, but perhaps the most obvious is the new improved Recycle icon. Now that you're more likely to notice it, I thought it might be helpful to give you a brief primer on recycling in Accordance.

Let's start with a new search tab containing an English Bible and the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T) in parallel. You'll see the Recycle icon to the right of the search box, and it should be gray. This indicates that recycling is currently turned off for this particular search tab.

Now, let's triple-click a Greek word, such as ἀρχῇ in John 1:1. This will open a new Search tab displaying the definition of ἀρχῇ in your default Greek lexicon. Like this:


Notice how the Recycle icon for the tab containing BDAG is blue, indicating that this tab is set to recycle. What does that mean? You can see immediately what it means by triple-clicking another Greek word, such as λόγος.


Note how the tab containing BDAG was updated to show the definition of λόγος. That's what we mean by recycling: the contents of a tab are recycled to show new information. The alternative would be to open a new tab containing BDAG for each Greek word you triple-click, but if you were to look up more than a few words, this approach would quickly result in a bunch of separate tabs. By recycling the tab which is already set to show the kind of information you want, Accordance avoids unnecessary clutter.

Now, let's say I want to look up a third Greek word, but I don't want to lose the BDAG article on λόγος I currently have open. In that case, I want to turn off recycling for the current BDAG tab before triple-clicking another word. To do that, simply click the recycle icon to make it gray.

Now when you triple-click a Greek word such as θεὸς, a new tab will open showing BDAG's article on θεὸς.


To get back to the BDAG article on λόγος, simply click the first BDAG tab you chose not to recycle.

If you understand how Accordance recycles the contents of tabs like this, you'll be better able to tailor your Accordance workspace to keep what you need to keep and recycle the stuff you only want to look at temporarily. In my next post, I'll delve a little deeper into the ins and outs of recycling.


Jul 10, 2012 David Lang

Using Accordance to Teach a Bible Study, Part 3

In this series of posts, I've been relating how I used Accordance's Slide Show feature to teach a Bible study on the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. I began by creating separate workspace tabs for each passage I wanted to read. Next I added a tab with a map showing the location of Mount Carmel and the political boundaries at the time. Today I want to show how I added tabs for the various images I wanted to display.

First, I wanted to show photos of Mount Carmel itself. The best place to find location photos is the Bible Lands PhotoGuide, and for me the best way to access the PhotoGuide is by double-clicking a place name on the map. (You can link the PhotoGuide to the Atlas in this way in the Map Tab Display settings of the Preferences.)

As I scanned the PhotoGuide article on Mount Carmel, I found several photos I wanted to show: a view of the summit, a photo of the Mukhraka monastery which commemorates Elijah's showdown there, an area below the summit where the people might have stood, etc. Clicking on one of the thumbnails will open a picture tab containing the full-size picture.


Picture tabs are usually recycled, which means that if I go back to the PhotoGuide and click a second thumbnail, that same tab will be re-used to display the new picture. Recycling windows avoids a proliferation of unwanted tabs, but when you're preparing a workspace for a slide show, you want a separate tab showing each picture you want to display. You can turn recycling off in any tab by clicking the green recycle icon at the top right. So to open a number of separate Picture tabs, you could click a PhotoGuide thumbnail, disable the recycling of the tab, return to the PhotoGuide, click another thumbnail to open a new picture tab, disable the recycling of that tab, and so on.

Now, you know there's got to be a more streamlined workflow than that, right? Here's the shortcut: simply command-click a picture thumbnail to open it in a picture tab with recycling turned off. That way you can simply command-click multiple thumbnails in the PhotoGuide to open each picture in a separate tab. Using this trick, you can very quickly assemble the picture slides of your slide show. Give it a try.

In my next post, I'll show how I found additional pictures in other resources.