theWord Bibles

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More than you wanted to know about theWord Bibles

Regular theWord Bible modules consist of one file, usually ending with a .ont file extension (indicating that it contains both the Old and New Testaments). Each line represents one verse in the KJV 66-book order. There may be some additional lines at the end of the file with module information (and usually containing equal signs). The files only contain the Bible text without any extras like book introductions, and only a limited amount of helpful information (metadata) is included at the end of the files.

It seems that there is no provision for book orders other than the traditional Protestant 39 books of the Old Testament (23145 verses in a .ot file), 27 books of the New Testament (7957 verses in a .nt file), or the combined 66 books (31102 verses in a .ont file).

Formatting appears to be a hodge-podge of various markers enclosed in angle brackets and range from semantic marking (like <FI>…<Fi> for "added" words) to straight HTML display marking (like <b>…</b> for bold text), although the latter is discouraged.

Submitting theWord files to the Bible Drop Box

You should compress your theWord Bible text file into a regular zip archive. (You can't just submit the downloaded compressed .exe files -- you must uncompress them first (using MS-Windows or Wine), and then recompress them into a regular zip archive.) The filename must have a .zip extension. Take careful note of which folder you are saving your zip file into, because you will need that information in order to submit the file to the Bible Drop Box.

Installing your own theWord Bible modules

You should download theWord from its site and install it on your computer. (Although theWord is a Windows program, I've found it to also run well on Wine on (Ubuntu) Linux.)

You then need to convert your Bible files using the Bible Drop Box. Once your files are processed, look for the Other Bible modules heading on the results page and navigate to theWord files. You should hopefully find two files there: one ending in .ont, .ot, or .nt, and the other is the zipped version of this first file. On my installation, I downloaded the zipped file, unzipped it, and then moved it into my C:/users/Public/Application Data/The Word/Bibles folder and then restarted theWord application.

Sample theWord files

You can view the Matigsalug demo theWord files here and the demo WEB theWord files here.

User feedback

If you encounter any difficulties or errors in either the importing or exporting of theWord Bible modules, please use the contact page to let us know about them so that we can improve this software for everyone's benefit.

Test data: If you are able to provide any kinds of Bible files for automated testing purposes, please contact us and let us know the details so we can improve the internationalisation and robustness of the software for everyone’s benefit.