Currently, the CrossWire Bible Society has a number of projects in progress, all open to new volunteers. Most of our projects do require some level of technical expertise, but a few do not. Consider writing to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are considering assisting in one of these projects and would like additional information or help getting started.
The SWORD Project
The SWORD Project is CrossWire's original project to produce a free, open-source, cross-platform Bible software engine: the SWORD API. This project is at the heart of many other CrossWire projects that depend upon it. Visit its volunteer page for more information about helping the SWORD Project.
The SWORD Project eText Library
We are always looking to expand our existing libary of eTexts in SWORD's module format. You can learn more about creating SWORD modules by reading our module making documentation.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
While we have no official relationship with the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL), we do consider their work to be of vital importance to the continued growth of our own eText library. CCEL facilitates the transcription of public domain texts into an electronic format that is easily utilized by the SWORD Project. We especially suggest volunteers without other technical expertise consider contributing to CCEL's work through their digital facsimile edition transcription and markup efforts. If you can read and type, you can help.
New SWORD Ports and Frontends
We always seek to bring SWORD to new platforms. It is part of our philosophy that users should be able to study the Bible without having to make compromises. That includes not having to compromise by using a platform other than their favorite. Currently we seek to port SWORD to WindowsCE/PocketPC, QNX, and OS/2. We also need to create frontends to SWORD for all these platforms and for Mac OS X, Mac OS Classic, and BeOS. In addition to this, a SOAP interface to the SWORD API is needed and will be the basis of new CGI scripts and distributed authoring and editing tools.
SIL Graphite Linux Port
Following SIL's release of the Graphite rendering system under the GNU General Public License, CrossWire began assisting in efforts to port the system to Linux. Graphite is an advanced Unicode smart-renderer which will be a necessity in the future for proper support of many language scripts including Hebrew.
Project "eL" Distributed Editing Interface
To assist Project "eL" in their creation of a public domain XML and Unicode encoded edition of the Biblia Hebraica Leningradensis or Leningrad Codex (L), we are creating a Java applet for distributed editing that interfaces the SWORD API through SOAP or CGI. Already we have the applet loading and displaying Hebrew text from a remote source and using standard Michigan-Claremont transliteration for Hebrew input, but there remains much to be done.