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

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Thu Dec 1 15:30:05 PST 2005

On Dec 1, 2005, at 2:49 PM, Simon Kittle wrote:

> Hi,
> 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>

If you want to start research, start collecting *real world* examples  
on http://microformats.org/wiki/book-reference-examples (or http:// 
microformats.org/wiki/bible-reference-examples, if you just want to  
cover those).

Ryan King
ryan at technorati.com

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