New BW9 Feature - paragraph marks in Bible versions
Ok, so in the older versions of BibleWorks paragraph marks are included according to the RSV. You can turn them on or off by going to the Options and under Option Flags | Browse Window, you can toggle them on or off.** Doing this won't make the versions appear in real paragraphs, but it will add a paragraph mark (¶) to the appropriate verses where new paragraphs begin. Paragraphs can only begin a verse.
However, a new feature has just been added to BW9 where you can add paragraph marks to all (?) the Bible (?) versions, by adding a plain text file to the \databases\ directory in BibleWorks with the name VERSION_ID.pat (e.g. kjv.pat, rsv.pat) which contains the verses that begin paragraphs, one per line.
For instance the beginning of kjv.pat looks like this:
which means a new paragraph begins at each of those verses.
Now, when you have paragraph marks toggled on, KJV will show paragraph marks according to KJV, while RSV will show them for RSV.
At present, it's not clear whether users will have to contribute these files for other versions or whether anyone at BW is working on them. Also I'm not sure whether this paragraphing works in non-biblical works.
Are there other questions people have about this new feature? Hopefully someone with more knowledge will answer them, because that's about all I have figured out so far.
ADDED: ** You can now also toggle paragraph marks on or off by using the Browse Window Options Button (it's the one next to the walking shoes in the Browse Window), which is much more convenient!
A new version and a bit more info
Okay, the BW9 Help file has been updated, so there's a bit more info about how paragraph marks work, including how they can work in the middle of the verse.
So for instance, I built the files for the Tregelles texts (TRG1 and TRG2) and included paragraph marks in the actual text. With the latest update, there is a blank file for trg1.pac and trg2.pac. By using the blank file, BW now understands the internal paragraph marks as actual marks and so they can be toggled on and off just like the other paragraph marks, but now it can also include paragraph marks within the middle of the verses, which wasn't possible just one EXE version back :)
Show paragraph markers
If this option is checked, paragraph markers will be displayed in the Browse Window. By default the paragraph markers are the same as used in the RSV version so the paragraph divisions will be the same for all versions. If you want to have different paragraph breaks for each version create a text file containing the verse references which begin a paragraph. Name the file as the version ID with the .pat extension and place it in the BibleWorks databases folder. For samples of how to do this see the kjv.pat or rsv.pat file. When you run BibleWorks these .pat files will be compiled into .pac files if the pat files are newer than their corresponding pac files. You cannot place paragraph markers in the middle of a verse with this method. However, if a version already has paragraph markers embedded you can create an empty .pat file. This will tell the program to use the internal paragraph markers.
Hard to say if they've yet finished tweaking this, but this is a great improvement because it means you can have paragraph breaks in the middle of a verse.
Still no word on who is going to have to provide paragraph files for the other versions.