[C]ould you please explain some of the data in the Help | About This Resource window?
How you use the information under datatypes?
So, “Jn 3:16″ might mark a particular location within a Bible, or it might be used to refer to that location. A single resource can have both locations and references in the same datatype. Think of a dictionary arranged by Strong’s number: Each entry will have its location marked to a particular Strong’s number, but may also contain see also references to other Strong’s number entries in the same resource.
When a resource uses a datatype to mark locations, we say that resource is a keylink target for that datatype. That means that you can jump into the resource at any random spot that is defined by that datatype. On the other hand, when a resource uses a datatype to mark a reference (either to itself or to another resource), the reference text is usually highlighted, and you can click on it to open the corresponding location. That much is pretty obvious. But you can also search a resource for any of the datatype references it contains.
So, how do you know which datatypes are used in a particular resource? Why, Help | About This Resource, of course. (And you thought I wasn’t going to answer Wendell’s question!)
The following Data Types section is from the Dictionary of Biblical Languages: Hebrew Old Testament resource. I’m running the 2.2 alpha, so it may look slightly different in your version:
From this we can see that DBL marks locations by the following datatypes: 1) Dictionary of Biblical Languages (Hebrew); 2) Hebrew; 3) Hebrew GK Number; 4) Hebrew Strong’s Number; 5) Text; 6) Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. It is searchable by: 1) Bible reference; 2) Hebrew Strong’s Nubmer; 3) Louw-Nida Semantic Domains (see my previous post); and 4) TWOT number.
Each of these datatypes has its own format. Bible references are book, chapter, verse. DBL references are entry number, subentry. Hebrew references are just Hebrew words (the entry headwords, in this case). Hebrew GK and Strong’s Numbers are just numbers that identify a Hebrew word, but with a different number in each (see why we need datatypes?). Louw-Nida references have semantic domain, subdomain. TWOT numbers have root number, derivative letter. Got it?
Since the DBL resource is a keylink target for Hebrew Strong’s Number, you will be able to select that referencing scheme from the Active Index drop-down list and navigate the resource by that datatype. That is, you can see the Strong’s numbers in the reference box as you scroll through the resource, and you can type in an arbitrary Strong’s number to jump right to it:
Following each datatype name in the About Resource window you will find a list of search aliases for that datatype in brackets. When you want to search for Bible datatype references, you just type
Bible. But you don’t want to type Louw-Nida Semantic Domains each time.
LouwNida works much better.
Use the Basic Search to search a resource for a particular datatype reference, under Search | Basic Search. To find all references that are exactly equal to what you’re looking for, use the
= operator. To find Strong’s Number 1000, you would type
HebrewStrongs = 1000.
If you want to find any reference that intersects with your specified reference, use the
in operator. If I type
LN in "5.18", I’m searching for any reference that intersects with Louw-Nida domain 5.18, which will find references to 5.1-5.22 as well as just 5.18.
Running long … I’ll answer Wendell’s other questions in later posts, but in the meantime there is a sketchy but reasonably comprehensive help article on the subject. You can get to help from the Help menu, or you can open the Libronix Digital Library System Help Manual from My Library like any other Libronix DLS resource.
See Part II >>
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