[uf-discuss] is there microformat / uri scheme for referncing book parts (content)? (Bible ref's)

Simon Kittle si at kittle.co.uk
Thu Dec 1 14:49:54 PST 2005


So, I have read a bit on the wiki and can't find an answer to the above
question so I thought I'd post it.  What I'd like is a way to reference
specific sections of a book down to chapter, paragraph, verse, etc.

Actually, what I'm after is a specific instance of this (funnily enough it
doesn't seem that the more general case would be much use) in that I want a
scheme / microformat for specifying Bible versse or passages.  Bible verses
are obviously well referenced in both online and offline world but there
isn't a defacto standard for marking them up. (that I could find, anyone?)

It's definitely a cowpath in the sense that Bible verses are quoted all over
the web (so qualifies for the term microformat in that sense) on Christian
sites but also on many a blog, news sites - anywhere there is a chance of
the Bible being mentioned.  

It's common for people to quote Bible verses in part, giving the reference
along side so a way to know it is a Bible reference and automatically look
up the appropriate verse, previous and next, etc, etc would be a valueable
tool.  Also, often when verses are quoted in full there is often need to
view / access different translations, etc so there would be some extremely
useful applications that could use such a scheme as well as the general
advantages that always come with marking something up semantically.

It wouldn't take a lot I don't think, something along the lines of
class="BibleRef" would probably suffice making the following possible:

<span class="BibleRef">Psalm 46:10</span>
<abbr class="BibleRef" title="Psalm 46:10">Ps 46:10</abbr>


- Simon

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