OK, so this may be a little off topic but this is the closest I could come because I don't know how to start a new topic.
So, I saw the podcast on building your own bible. That gave me the idea of entering the book of Jonah as a bible. I saw it as a doable project (the book is small) and it has some layout challenges beyond straight narrative (like poetry and a verse that has a new paragraph in the middle of it.) I found that the help web page had some formatting rules and using that I dug in.
I had some beginning issues (like putting a period between chapter and verse numbers) and other DOH! moments but the error catching helped with those. But I found that there were others that have me scratching my head.
Case #1: To set up my TXT file, I entered some of the verse text and then some numbers representing place holders of several verses in the first chapter. When I imported the file into Accordance the beginning looked good, that is, until I scrolled down to the empty verses. I had a line of blue verse numbers Accordance supplied but not as I expected. I thought it would come out something like:
6 ...Perhaps the god will be kind to us and we will not perish.”
15 The Lord provided a huge fish...
What I got was–
6 ...Perhaps the god will be kind to us and we will not perish.”
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 The Lord provided a huge fish...
After pondering and even ignoring this for a while, I realized that Accordance was actually doing what it was supposed to do. However, it still wasn’t what I wanted so I played around with it (always a good way to learn.) I finally decided to try putting something on the line for verse 7 to see if that would do anything. I tried to put in a ¶ to see how that worked. By now I had discovered that Accordance prefers a space before and after the PILCROW sign. What I got was 7 8 9 10. Hmm.
So I decided that Accordance was hungry for a nibble of real text and I put in (after the usual verse starter of 7followedbyablank) which kept the same linear format but with the line now reading 7 x 8 9 10.... I was getting mad. So I went into my text document (which all along had had the numbers lined up along the left margin) and tried to change several of them in slight ways. I started by saying if Accordance wanted MORE than one printable character on the line before it would behave I would try two, so I added a period following the “x” of vs. 7. Then I put three blanks after the number 8, four blanks after number 9, five blanks after number 10 and blank-blank-¶-blank after 11. I also played around with the verse numbering routine. The Accordance help for this said that I needed chapter colon verse for verse one of each chapter but could have just the verse number after that. I added chapter numbers to randomly picked empty verses.
After all this I got
7 x. 8 9 9 11
10 11 12 13 14 15 The Lord...
For Chapter 2 which has poetry I learned to put in a lot of <br>’s and tabs to get the formatting in reasonable shape. That is until verse 11. This is where the text goes from poetry back to narrative formatting. Verse 11 should line up with the left margins of the other paragraphs except that it is automatically indented as the start of a one sentence paragraph. I caught some mistakes in the formating of the previous few verses and it came out OK. Well, OK if you don’t mind that it was thinking that vs. 10 was the actual start of the paragraph and vs. 11 was the second sentence. However, this was nothing compared to the fact that the narrative beginning “The Lord provided a huge fish...” was NOT the end of Chapter 1 but the start of Chapter 2 and all of my numbering was off. The start of Chapter 3 was showing as verse 10 of Chapter 2, what should be Jonah 3:2 was Jonah 2:11. Now my numbering was correct in the text file, but somewhere in the inner recesses of Accordance there lurked a misplaced Pre-K’er who hadn’t learned the numbers yet.
Well, I had been worrying so much about a number of formating problems that it took a while for me to notice the problem at the end of Chapter 1 and I decided to tackle that and do a top down fix for what I had so far. I ended up entering the text for the missing verses. That, with the tiding up that the women in my life keep onto me to do, led to deleting those extra spaces I had put in. That got the text to display correctly, I checked how it looked after working on each verse. I have no clue why two, three, four and five spaces would create such havoc, and I did not foresee any gotchas, but they sure played hob with my efforts.
I also didn’t know that this book had another gotcha awaiting. It seems that the KJV has 17 verses in Chapter 1 but the Tanakh, which I was using, has 16. KJV puts the verse where God provides the fish as the 17th verse of Ch. 1. The Tanakh has it as Ch 2:1. There is a note for vs. 17 in the ESV to this effect. There is also a passing notice that the books can be in any order, the chapters however have to be in order and an empty placeholder with the (e.g. 1:1) number for each missing chapter has to appear. That was one of the reasons I came up with a similar scheme for the missing verses. When I tried to take the empty ones out, they turned up not to be indicated in Accordance, but the later verses in the chapter that were there were misnumbered and had other problems which went away when I got all the verses filled with some non-blank characters.
Ultimately I entered all the text (including a bogus 1:17) and Accordance was happy. However, I found there was a problem that Accordance missed. I have 11 verses for Ch. 2 whereas the KJV only has 10. There is probably some coding that I should do to enable better tracking between bibles, but right now I’m busy trying to get the book of Jonah finished (and so put the learning I’m gaining from it to other uses).
Inquiry: I’m still foggy about exactly what should be and where the paragraph indications in the chapters. I think I put it in right but it doesn’t work as I expect it to and after futzing around with it for a while, I don’t remember what I did and didn’t do so I am condemned to repeat not getting it right unless I can have a friendly soul spell it out for me.
I guess that having the program for a whole 5 days now means I still have a lot of basics to learn. Oh, well, a lot more mistakes are in the forecast for the near term.
BTW: I’m running v.9.6.6 on an iMac 64 with OS X 10.5.8 PPC and the text writing software I used was Text Wrangler. JAC
PS. In some of the podcasts, the action begins with opening a new workspace window -- a BLANK workspace window. How you do day? I can’t find a pref setting that overrides the last window I was using.