Highlights (Not)Showing Up in Links

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Highlights (Not)Showing Up in Links

Postby kelosh » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:59 am

Has anyone else noticed that when you link to a highlighted section the link in the margin will sometimes show the highlights of the linked section and sometimes NOT show the highlights? Any idea why that happens? I would like for the highlight to show up in the link in the margin, but I haven't figured out a reliable way to make that happen. It seems haphazard. I've attached a couple of examples. Both links in the examples have highlights, but only the one shows it in the margin.

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Re: Highlights (Not)Showing Up in Links

Postby sbradshaw » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:20 am

Since Gospel Library 4, links are bi-directional (if you create a link from one verse to another, it will automatically show a link going the other direction as well). The origin side of the link and the destination side of the link behave differently – a highlight is only created on the origin side. Do you think that's what you're seeing?
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Re: Highlights (Not)Showing Up in Links

Postby kelosh » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:34 pm

Tested it and that's what it is. The origin link does not show the highlights of the linked section in the margin, but the linked section DOES show the highlights of the origin section in the margin. Weird that they would set it up that way. You would think that they would almost do it the other way around. This way actually doesn't make sense.

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Re: Highlights (Not)Showing Up in Links

Postby sbradshaw » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:21 am

kelosh wrote:Tested it and that's what it is. The origin link does not show the highlights of the linked section in the margin, but the linked section DOES show the highlights of the origin section in the margin. Weird that they would set it up that way. You would think that they would almost do it the other way around. This way actually doesn't make sense.

With the current sync service and the way annotations are stored, the link can't go to specific words in a paragraph/verse – only to the paragraph/verse itself. So, the origin is a paragraph ID, starting word index, and ending word index, but the destination is just a paragraph ID.

I'm hoping that future versions of the annotation sync service will address this. It's especially confusing in iOS, because to finish creating a link, you select specific words at the destination (on Android, instead of selecting text at the destination, you tap on the paragraphs you want to link to, which is better aligned with how the annotations actually behave and are stored/synced).
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