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Monday, October 04, 2004
 
Coding an online Bible Dictionary (2) ::

Stephen “lives” in the office next to mine, so occasionally we talk ftf as well as online! He's given me lots to think about following the post below.

Multiple head terms: How will the coding handle cases where one could use several different terms for the “headword”? The options seem to be:
  1. Multiple terms inside a tag. This would be easy for the authors and for display, but not so easy for searching.

  2. Multiple tags.

  3. Handle it through the “related terms” area. (Which, in draft one, I called “synonyms” but this may be misleading…)

Indexing multiple languages: while we can use Unicode to display multiple languages, so having a חֶסֶד is fine, we cannot expect users to search using Hebrew or Greek characters. So… we will need a stated transcription scheme, but one that does not use complex accented characters… so חֶסֶד will have to become chesed or hesed rather than ḥesed!?
How will we handle glosses for such terms?

He also suggests that having an RSS feed for new entries would be a great idea!

We also talked about the differences of "keywords" and "related terms" and advantages (mainly searchability but also potentially the serendipity of slice and dice) and disadvantages (more work either for authors or for perhaps better someone else) of having both.


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