Accordance Blog
Aug 18, 2011 David Lang

See Links in Your Preferred Translation

On Monday, I showed you some tricks for seeing more than one Scripture link in a tool at the same time. Today, I want to show how you can specify which Bible text displays when you hover over or click on a Scripture link in an Accordance tool.

For example, let's say your default Bible is an English translation, but you want the links in BDAG to go to the Greek New Testament rather than an English translation. If they're Old Testament references, you want those to go to the Greek Septuagint. Is that even possible?

This is Accordance we're talking about: of course it's possible. To do this, simply open up BDAG and use the one keyboard shorcut every Accordance user must learn: command-T.

As I've explained before, command-T opens the Display settings for nearly every kind of window in Accordance. If you do that from a tool like BDAG, you'll get this dialog box:


As you can see, this dialog lets me set the font, style, and other aspects of BDAG's appearance. It also lets me customize the way hypertext links are handled. If I wanted links to appear in Burgundy italic instead of Blue underline, I could do that here. I can also specify the text and alternate text any Scripture links should display. The alternate text will only be used if the primary text does not contain the verses a link references. In this case, since I set my primary text to GNT-T and my alternate text to LXX1, any New Testament references will display the primary text, and any Old Testament references will use the alternate text.

It's as simple as that! If I want this change to be temporary, I can just click OK and these texts will be used as long as the current BDAG window remains open. Any other BDAG window I open would still use the default settings. If I want to make this change the default setting for BDAG, then I would click the Use as Default button before I click OK to close the dialog.


Aug 15, 2011 David Lang

Scripture Link Tricks

In describing his workflow, Pastor Levi Durfey mentioned a feature he uses to explore cross-references to a passage. It's a little known feature, and there is another related to it, so I want to go over Scripture links in detail.

Of course, you all know that when you're looking at a series of Scripture links in a tool, you can hover over each one to see it in the Instant Details box, or you can click the link to open the passage in a separate window. But what if you want to see all the cross-references in a separate window? Do you have to click each link in turn? Of course not. This is Accordance!

If you simply hold down the command-key while clicking any Scripture link, every link in the paragraph will automatically be opened in a text window. So if you're looking at a cross-reference tool, command-clicking any of the cross-references will show you all of them. Or if you're looking at a dictionary, command-clicking one reference will show all the references in that paragraph.

Command-clicking a link in the Cross References tool opens all the links.

Now, what if you want to view more than one link, but not all the links? Say you're looking at an article in BDAG that lists a string of five references as examples of a given usage. You want to see those five references without the noise of all the other references in the paragraph (which may refer to other usages). To do that, simply drag a selection from some point inside the first Scripture link to some point inside the last link you want. Like this:

Selecting several Scripture links will open only those passages.

As long as you start and end your selection inside different links, all the Scripture links inside the selection will be opened in a text window. This is the tip Pastor Durfey mentioned as one of his favorite features.

Learn these two simple tricks—command-clicking a Scripture link and selecting multiple links—and you'll be able to see exactly the verses you want to see.