# [XeTeX] Typesetting a Bible

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Thu Jul 9 09:23:31 CEST 2009

Oops - the drop capital I gave in my response will open up the interlinear space unless you smash it, and you will probably need to push it down manually.  So instead of  just \copy0 in the bit of code I sent you would want e.g.:

\smash{\lower \baselineskip \hbox{\copy0}}

If \lower \baselineskip doesn't give quite the right positioning then use e.g. \lower 12pt (and tinker with that value until it looks just right).  As I said, drop caps can be tricky since you need to end up with something that looks just right visually in the typeface you are using.

All of this is plain TeX-oriented of course.  Some of it might not work in LaTeX (and there are probably LaTeX packages that will do most or all of this donkey work behind the scenes for you).

Best

John

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Thackery
To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 2:05 AM
Subject: [XeTeX] Typesetting a Bible

At risk of open criticism, I am just going to post my questions since I'm not getting anywhere on a personal project.  I'm presuming that (Xe)LaTeX is a good tool for this.
I want to typeset single column Bible text with numbered footnotes in two columns.  I would first like to try this with Latin characters (e.g. in German or English) before attempting something more complex.

To save time, quite frankly, here is an example of the kind of layout I am after:
http://www.hendrickson.com/pdf/chapters/9781598562859-ch01.pdf

Main Text
Chapter numbering: I've looked at Dirk-Jan Dekker's (http://www.djdekker.net/ledmac/) site for help on versification, but I don't know how I would produce the chapter numbers as in the example above.
Verse numbering: I can get versification, but am unsure if Dirk-Jan Dekker's method is the best for the job.   On this note, I tried inserting ~ for a non-breaking space after a verse number and the text beginning, but still get linebreaks after the verse number.
Chapter & verse ranges in a header (I'll use fancyhdr I presume though this will tricky with chapt & verse I would imagine)

Footnotes
I've been manipulating ledmac, and can I can get critical notes \edtext{}\Afootnotes{} to appear in columns, but what I'd really like is to have the regular footnotes in two columns. In the example above, the footnote numbering begins with 1 at a page break.  Section 22.6 shows how to define for critical notes, but I don't see how to define for regular \footnote that would appear in two columns.

If anyone has examples of something close to this I would love to see it.

Thomas

PS I do have a very klugey .tex file (attached) that reflects some of what I'm trying out.

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At risk of open criticism, I am just going to post my questions since
I'm not getting anywhere on a personal project.  I'm presuming that
(Xe)LaTeX is a good tool for this.
I want to typeset single column Bible text with numbered footnotes in
two columns.  I would first like to try this with Latin characters
(e.g. in German or English) before attempting something more complex.

To save time, quite frankly, here is an example of the kind of layout
I am after:
http://www.hendrickson.com/pdf/chapters/9781598562859-ch01.pdf

Main Text
Chapter numbering: I've looked at Dirk-Jan Dekker's (http://www.djdekker.net/ledmac/
) site for help on versification, but I don't know how I would produce
the chapter numbers as in the example above.
Verse numbering: I can get versification, but am unsure if Dirk-Jan
Dekker's method is the best for the job.   On this note, I tried
inserting ~ for a non-breaking space after a verse number and the text
beginning, but still get linebreaks after the verse number.
Chapter & verse ranges in a header (I'll use fancyhdr I presume though
this will tricky with chapt & verse I would imagine)

Footnotes
I've been manipulating ledmac, and can I can get critical notes
\edtext{}\Afootnotes{} to appear in columns, but what I'd really like
is to have the regular footnotes in two columns. In the example above,
the footnote numbering begins with 1 at a page break.  Section 22.6
shows how to define for critical notes, but I don't see how to define
for regular \footnote that would appear in two columns.

If anyone has examples of something close to this I would love to see
it.

Thomas

PS I do have a very klugey .tex file (attached) that reflects some of
what I'm trying out.

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