52 Using Colors in BibleWorks

 

  

BibleWorks provides several ways to use colors to enhance the visibility and usefulness of information provided in the Browse Window and in exported text. You can add color to individual words in any Bible version, turn search results into permanent color sets and use colors to highlight the differences between texts displayed in the Browse Window.

 

Color Filters and Text Coloring

The Color Selection Window

Using the Color Selection Window

Comparing Bible Versions

 


Color Filters and Text Coloring

 

BibleWorks provides a great deal of flexibility in the use of colors to make the text of Bible Versions displayed in the Browse Window more interesting and informative. You can color text manually by selecting the text with the mouse and choosing the colors and text attributes you want. Or you can automate the process by using the results of searches performed in BibleWorks.

 

Setting text colors may at first appear complicated, but once you understand what is going on it is quite simple. The first thing you need to understand is how color information is stored. BibleWorks can maintain an unlimited number of "color files" for each version in BibleWorks. Each color file can be turned on or off individually. This gives you a great deal of flexibility in the way colors are displayed.

 

Applying default colors to selected text in the Browse Window can be done by selecting the text and clicking on the Color Selection Button  .  Clicking on the dropdown arrow on this button opens a menu that enables you to open the Color Selection Window for applying color to selected text or to search results. It can also be opened by selecting Tools | Viewing the text | Color Selection Window from the Main Menu.  

 

 


The Color Selection Window

The Color Selection Window enables you to color selected text and to color search results. The window contents change slightly depending upon whether you are coloring selected text or coloring search results. The description below mentions the differences between the windows.

Window Header

·         Selected Verse
This line indicates the verse in which the selected text appears. This line only appears if the window is used to color selected text.

·         Selected Version
This line indicates the Bible version being colored.

Text Attribute Options

These options specify the color and text attributes for the text to be colored.

 

Select this button to change the color of the text.

 

 

Select this button to change the text background.

 

 

Select the appropriate check boxes to change the text attributes to bold, italics, underlined, or strike-thru.

 

Display Options

The Display Options settings enable you to turn on and off the text coloring. The option to distinguish between text and morphology coloring gives you the option to search on one version and display the color in the companion version (if one is available for the search version).

 

The Color File Options section (described below) gives you the option to turn on or off a color file display. The Display Options setting gives you the options to display either the text or morphology version. If a version only has a text version (for example, and English Bible version), then the Color File Options check box and the Display text colors check box does the same thing. But for Greek and Hebrew versions that have both a text and companion morphology version, the Color File Options section enables you to turn on or off the companion versions pair, while the Display Options check boxes enable you to choose whether you wish to display either the text or morphology versions, or both.

 

·         Display text colors
If this option is selected the Bible text will display colorized text. For versions containing companion text and morphology versions, this check box indicates that the text version will display colorized text.

·         Display morph text colors
If this option is selected the morphologically-tagged version (where available) will display colorized text.

Color File Options

New. This button enables you to create a new color file. The default color file is a color file (clr file) with the same name as the Bible version abbreviation. You can create color files using different names and have as many color files for a version as you wish.

 

Save As. This button enables you to save a current color file using a different name.

 

 

Delete. This button enables you to delete the selected color file.

 

 

Export. This button enables you to export the list of verses in the color file that have colorized text. The verse list is exported to the Search Window Verse List.

 

The list box at the bottom of this section lists all the color files that currently exist for the specified version. The radio button is used to select which color file will receive the color changes. The check box is used to activate the display of colors for each file.

 

Buttons

This button appears only when coloring selected text. Pressing this button removes all the color from the Browse Window display verse.

 

This button appears only when coloring selected text. Pressing this button applies color to the selected text using the Text Attribute Options settings.

 

This button appears only when applying color to search results. You must conduct a search before you can apply the color to the search results.

 

This button closes the Color Selection Window.

 


Using the Color Selection Window

 

This section will walk you through the steps used to perform common colorizing functions.

 

Manually Marking Text Colors and Attributes

 

To set colors and text attributes of text in the Browse Window manually, do the following:

 

1.      Open the  Color Selection Window.

2.    Set the Text Attributes Options to the desired formatting.

3.      In Color File Options choose the color file in which you want to store the color information by clicking on the radio button next to the file name; or, create a new file to receive the color information by click on the button.

4.    Using the mouse, select the text in the Browse Window or Browse Tab that you want to colorize.

5.    Click on the button.

Note that you can leave the Color Selection Window open while you work, permitting you to make numerous manual changes quickly. You can also close the Color Selection Window and use the Color Selection button on the button bar to colorize selected text.

 

Using the BibleWorks Search Engine as a Color Filter

 

The Color Selection Window also allows you to use the full power of the BibleWorks search engine as a color filter. You can do a search and turn all the hits into color and text attribute information. This information is stored in files just as it is with manual coloring. You can accumulate information from multiple searches in one file or put them in separate files. If the information is in separate files, coloring for each file can be turned on and off individually.

 

To use a BibleWorks search as a color filter proceed as follows:

 

1.      Open the  Color Selection Window.

2.    Set the Text Attributes Options to the desired formatting.

3.      In Color File Options choose the color file in which you want to store the color information by clicking on the radio button next to the file name; or, create a new file to receive the color information by click on the button.

4.    Perform the search. For general searches such as *@n* or *@vi*, it is advisable to use a linear phrase search (see Doing a Linear Phrase Search) rather than an AND search.  For example, instead of using
     .*@n*
on the Command Line, use
     ;*@n*

5.       Click on the button.

 

Note that you do not need to select a version; the version is determined from the search you just performed.

 

Sharing Color Files

 

You can share your color files with other BibleWorks users simply by sending them your color files. They will all be located in the BibleWorks "Databases" directory and will all have a .clr extension. If you want to completely remove all color information from your setup, you can delete all *.clr files. You should also delete the bwcolors.dat file. It stores information about which color files are turned on or off.

 


Comparing Bible Versions

 

Colors can also be used in BibleWorks to help identify very quickly differences in Bible version texts. For example, this feature facilitates comparing two translations in the same language to see what the differences are. You can also use it to identify immediately differences between the critical Greek New Testament text (GNT or BNT) and one of the "Majority" texts in BibleWorks (like BYZ or SCR).

 

Comparing texts is easy. All you have to do is open the Text Comparisons Settings Window and select the texts and colors. To open the window you can either click on the Text Comparisons button  or select Tools | Viewing the text | Text Comparison Settings from the Main Menu.

 

You can define up to four sets of texts. Each set will be compared and colored separately. To choose the versions for a set you must enter the BibleWorks abbreviation for each version, separated by a space. Each Version in BibleWorks has a short name, three or more letters long, used to reference the version in BibleWorks. If you cannot remember the abbreviations, just click on the "Edit" button next to the text line for each set. Then you can select all the versions you want to compare.

 

Note that the order of the versions is significant. The first version will be the base version for the comparison. This matters, however, only if you are comparing more than two versions.

 

You can enable and disable comparisons for each set separately, permitting you to turn coloring off without removing version settings. You can also select the way the comparison is done. The LCS method is the most commonly used, and you should probably use it unless you have reasons to do otherwise. LCS stands for "Least Common Substring." LCS finds the set of common words with the least total length. The other method, the "Word Occurrence" method, finds words that occur in only one of the verses being compared.

 

The first option tells the program to ignore accents when doing the comparison. The second option tells the program to ignore cases where words differ only in a nu at the end of a word. The third option tells the program to repeat the comparison once for each version, using each version as a base, and then combine the results. This usually provides a better visual display of differences when you are comparing more than 2 versions.

 

Clicking on the "Export" button next to each comparison set will cause BibleWorks to compare the versions specified and export a list of all verses with differences to the main Search Window. The versions specified will be remapped to the current search version first.

 

Text comparison highlighting works only in Mutilple Version mode. It does not work in Browse or Single-Version mode (it has to have versions to compare).