[uf-new] proposed semantic HTML for Bible references

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Thu Sep 6 23:32:47 PDT 2007

Sean Boisen wrote:
> Thanks for pointing out that work, Andy. Existing and well-established
> practice in citing Bible passages is rather different from most of these:
> * Book (of the Bible, e.g. Isaiah or Is.), chapter and verse designators are
> the most common: "Is 40:6" would be a typical case.
> * Sometimes a specific translation is referenced, usually with an
> abbreviation: e.g. "KJV" for the King James Version.
> * Fields like author, publication date, publisher, volume, etc. simply
> aren't used for 99% of the cases: that's not what people care about when
> citing Bible passages. 
> So I'm not sure whether it's appropriate for me to add these examples to the
> wiki pages: thoughts? 

Bible citations are not a unique case. Citations from ancient texts 
(especially other holy books, and classical and medieval texts) and 
plays often use similar formats, e.g.:

/Sūra/ 18, v. 45

/Plat/, Charm. 173 E3

/Ovid/, Amores 3.1.15

/2 Henry IV/, IV. ii. 8

I think one reason for such conventions is that such texts represent 
manuscript traditions rather than being defined by a single edition.

Along with other specialised formats (e.g. legal citations), hCite needs 
to at least think about handling all of these.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

> Sean
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Mabbett [mailto:andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk] 
> Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 1:15 AM
> To: sean at semanticbible.com; For discussion of new microformats.
> Subject: Re: [uf-new] proposed semantic HTML for Bible references
> In message <000501c7ee80$3063a610$2300000a at L820>, Sean
> <sean at semanticbible.com> writes
>> I've posted a proposal for POSH to identify reference to Bible
>> passages.
> Please note the ongoing work at:
>         <http://microformats.org/wiki/citation>
> et seq.

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