Accordance Workspaces for Digital Reading

The Accordance Workspaces Series demonstrates how to use Accordance as a digital reading companion to a print text, but there are times when I want to read digitally. In this post, I’ll demonstrate a few workspaces for digital reading.

Lectionary/English Bible

For lectionary/English Bible reading, I have I have a saved workspace with the following features:

  • Headings are turned on. This is something I don’t normally do by default because it is easier to align parallel versions without headings.
  • The verses are set to be grouped by paragraph with spaces between the paragraphs to look more like what I would see in a print text.
  • The text is changed from the default text settings to a serif font, in this case the Accordance font.
  • The text is larger for easy reading.
  • The toolbar is hidden (⌘+⌥+0)
  • Instant Details is hidden (⌘+⌥+2)
English Bible digital reading workspace
English Bible digital reading workspace

Ancient Versions

For the Septuagint, Hebrew Bible, and Vulgate, I have simple workspaces saved for each. I consider these workspaces optimized for digital reading in a way that keeps me moving.

Septuagint digital reading workspace
Septuagint digital reading workspace

The most important workspace features:

  • Verses are displayed separately for easy alignment with the English to the right. When your Greek text takes up half your screen, I think it is is very easy to focus on that one side of the screen and ignore the English. But when I do want to see the English, a quick glance to the right and the parallel is easy to find.
  • The toolbar is hidden.
  • The font is large for both languages — both text size and verse reference size match.
  • Instant details is turned on, which makes this setup essentially the combination of a diglot and a reader’s Bible.

I also turn to these digital reading workspaces when I hit passages that are dense with low frequency vocabulary. When your goal is high volume reading and maximum input, I find this setup super helpful.

Here’s the Hebrew Bible setup:

Hebrew Bible digital reading workspace
Hebrew Bible digital reading workspace

Here is the Vulgate setup:

Vulgate ditital reading workspace
Vulgate ditital reading workspace

Finally, there are times when all I care about is seeing an easily readable text, and for those times I have a workspace called reading aloud. Here, I have the Septuagint, Hebrew Bible, and Vulgate open with the verses grouped into paragraphs.

Notice that there is no English to the right, and instant details is hidden, too. This workspace is for reading aloud in low light settings or when traveling. When I use this workspace, my only concern is pronouncing the text audibly and reading as fluidly as possible. I constantly try to grasp as much meaning as I can, but I don’t stop to lookup words. Check out this post for more information on reading in this way.

This post wraps up the Accordance Workspaces Series here. I’ll be walking through and demonstrating each of the workspaces in this this series on Thursday at 5pm (EST) during an Accordance eAcademy session. Would love to see you there.