The examples on this page were generated by the Chiasmatron 2000. Most of these are small scale structures. These are not being offered for your consideration of the structures themselves but rather to provide a demonstration of presentation styles. You'll find that, with this easy to use software utility, presentations can be quickly generated that closely match what you may already be familiar with, but at a minimum, will have the added benefit of mouse-over highlighting. If your presentations illustrate multiple levels of structure, this complexity is represented in a simple and elegant way by the use of bars that that identify contextual elements at a glance.
The structure of this passage from the first chapter of the book of Genesis might be described in notation as A A′ on the first level, or optionally considered as AB A′B′. Hover your mouse cursor over the bars to see the interactive highlighting, which has been added to indicate their relationships. Explore the highlighting over the other bars and over each line of text. A more granular pattern is exhibited. To accurately represent structures like this in the traditional means of static notation becomes rather awkward. Depending on your intent, notation is seldom necessary when interactive highlighting is employed.
Analysis of the passage reveals that our attention is being directed in a way that invites us to ask questions we would not otherwise think to ask. While most of the pairings are obvious, those that are not draw special attention. Click the lines with underlining to see an example of pop-up commentary. Commentary windows may be dragged around within their space to allow you to continue to view the passage as it was highlighted when the line was clicked. Less commentary means the comment window will be smaller.
This example also demonstrates the use of a customized color palette applied to the highlighting.
Sometimes, it may be preferable to offer your commentary in another column, according to the familiar convention.
This version was generated from the above version by simply choosing the side-by-side option in the Chiasmatron 2000. Notice how the commentary is aligned next to the matching line of the passage, and that, where there is commentary, the related sections highlight together.
The look is more tidy when the amount of verse text is roughly similar to the amount of commentary, but this style automatically accomodates a wide range.
You can offer two or more styles of presentation on the same page, if that serves your purposes better, because there is no limit.
In addition to the customization applied to the single column presentation, I've adjusted the relative column widths of this side-by-side version. By default they are equal, but they are here specified to display at 30:70 percent.
The greater benefit of using this application is with projects on a more ambitious scale, with many lines and levels of nested structures. You'll find a collection of links to a variety of larger scale projects at the end of this page.
Here's an example of a parallelism inside a chiasm, from the 10th chapter of Daniel.
I colored pairings of similar phrases to call them out for special attention, a technique that can be very effective when used sparingly.
The way I chose to use the bars as indicators of levels of structure may seem excessive when presenting these smaller scales, but this schema makes more sense as the scale increases. This style lends an immediate and engaging sense of perspective, illustrating the context in a wonderfully elegant way!
The next three examples are stylistic variants of a version found on the home page. There, both bars and indentation were included, but the following illustrate options with: 1. Indentation only 2. Bars only, and 3. Neither bars nor indentation. As you compare them, observe how the bars suggest more immediately that two elements are related in a way that may be described as an A A′ relationship. The implementation of bars also gives added attention to the pivot, where emphasis is naturally placed by the chiasm.
The relationships between elements become more intuitive with the highlighting and bar arrangements. Some of the examples above feature the use of notation, and some do not. While this convention may still be utilized, it becomes rather more optional. Depending on your intent, a more streamlined, simple and uncluttered style may at times be preferable.
More examples are listed at right, including some that are large in scale. One spans six chapters of the book of Daniel (chapters 7-12) and another spans eight in the book of Revelation (chapters 4-11).
You may have noticed that companion elements are usually highlighted in a lighter blue but there are occasions where I've chosen to highlight in the optional green color. I'm using the optional color to call attention to the fact that there's something different about how these particular companion elements compare. It calls attention to how there is something different about the relationship, perhaps some kind of departure from the pattern established in the context, or perhaps where an additional level of relationship exists beyond what is elsewhere highlighting in the lighter blue. You can assign any meaning you want to the use of a secondary color because no rigid standard has been established with this convention.
Although a knowledge of html code isn't necessary when presenting the published output from the Chiasmatron 2000, a much wider range of presentations styles is possible if you're familiar with the basics. You can look at this page's source code in your browser to see how each is done, and there are many more tips included in the Chiasmatron 2000 application's “Help Tips” page.
One of the examples seen above is embedded directly in the page itself but the others were added using the same kind of embed code that is commonly used to add video to pages. These interactive presentations can easily be added to your pages where the interactive presentations are either supplemental to your content or where they have a central role. Again, details about publishing these may be found on the Chiasmatron 2000 application's “Help Tips” page and in several tutorial videos.
None of the presentations are tied to the database that was used to generate them. They are completely independent and as such may be distributed across platforms like your own website, intranet, blog and even some forums.
We are pleased to make the Chiasmatron 2000 available to the small but growing community, offering tiered levels of access, and a free trial. To get access to this remarkable utility for your personal use or in an academic setting, contact us at: email@example.com.