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It is possible to do this, but it requires editing a BibleWorks control file, which must be done very carefully. I just figured this out myself; it is not documented or authorized by BibleWorks, and I do not know what might get messed up if you do anything other than exactly these steps. I take no responsibility for anything that goes wrong; proceed at your own risk! (My brother's a lawyer. ).
- Shut down BibleWorks if it's running.
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder that holds the BibleWorks databases. On my Windows 7 machine, it's C:\Program Files (x86)\BibleWorks 9\databases.
- Find the file named OSC.dbu. This is a control file for the Old Syriac (Curetonian) version. It is a short, plain text file.
- MAKE A BACKUP COPY OF THIS FILE!! There are various ways to do this. A simple method is: with the file highlighted, press Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard, and then Ctrl+V to paste a copy of it into the same folder. In Windows 7, this will create a new file called OSC - Copy.dbu.
- RENAME THIS BACKUP COPY! You must change the extension from .dbu to .bak, or add .bak after .dbu, or in some other way keep .dbu from being the last thing in the filename. Otherwise, there will be two .dbu files for the same version, and BW will become confused and give you error messages. The point of all this is that if anything goes wrong in editing OSC.dbu, you can always delete the edited file and rename OSC - Copy.dbu.bak (or whatever you've used) to OSC.dbu to recover the original file.
- After OSC.dbu has been backed up and the backup copy renamed, use a plain text editor such as Notepad to open OSC.dbu.
- Find the line that says: font Bwheba.
- Change Bwheba to Bwhebb. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE!!
- Save the file and close it.
- Restart BibleWorks.
- OSC should now display in Hebrew letters.
- Assuming this worked, repeat the process for OSS.dbu, which is a control file for the Old Syriac (Sinaiticus) version.
This should cause these Syriac texts to display in Hebrew characters. If you ever want to put them back into Syriac characters, you'll need to edit the .dbu files again, reversing the above process and changing Bwhebb back to Bwheba.
One last note: it's possible that when you update BibleWorks to the next updated version, the original .dbu files will be installed again. If that happens, you'll have to do this all over again.
Last edited by DavidR; 03-10-2013 at 11:22 AM.