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AGES Liturgical Workbench

AGES Liturgical Workbench (ALWB) is a cross-platform software product that provides tools for the creation and distribution of Eastern Orthodox liturgical services for specified days and other occasions. This is accomplished through a rubric engine, which reads source texts (original and translations), and applies rubrics and templates to produce a service for specific days in a variety of formats such as PDF, HTML, or ePUB (for viewing on mobile devices), and then deploys a complete website, which provides links to associated musical scores and audio recordings.


ALWB is cross-platform in that it can be run on Windows, Linux, or Mac operating systems. It can be used while disconnected from the Internet, in order to support the needs of users overseas who might not have continuous Internet access. The workbench allows them to synchronize and backup file versions in the cloud.


Clergy, chanters, and worshippers primarily make use of AGES Digital Chant Stand (DCS), which is the website created by the ALWB. The DCS supplies services in various formats for printing or viewing on desktops, tablets, or smart phones. The ALWB can used for individual clients to create their own DCS, customized to the client's preferences of rubrics and texts.


The software for AGES Liturgical Workbench is open source, available under the Eclipse Public License. See http://www.eclipse.org/legal/epl-v10.html. The AGES Liturgical Workbench includes two Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). The DSLs are provided under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs license. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/.

 

By releasing AGES Liturgical Workbench and AGES On-Demand under the Eclipse Public License and the associated DSLs, templates, and Greek library under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, these products are in essence owned by the entire Eastern Orthodox community, irrespective of country or jurisdiction. Everyone is allowed to use or even modify the source code as long as they make the changes publicly available under the same license terms.