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Posted by Mikey at Sep 28, 2011 2:45:00 PM
Re: Testament division
OSIS was concieved as a markup for more than e-reader programs. The testament ID is more important for other media types than for Bible study programs.

The Testament ID tag could be important if an OSIS document were to be the basis of a printed book. Say the author intended to put a preface or testament title page AFTER the end of the OLD testment, but prior the the start of the new testament, the division type testament is available to indicate to an inline processor clearly that the preface pages belong after the end of Mal. but prior to the beginning of Matt.

The Sword programs (as far as I know) would not display such a preface (which is probably best for bible study.) and as far as I know the module output (whether a book ends up in the old or new testament module file) is based entirely on the versification selected during the cammand line.

With or without the testament markers present, the parser still maps all of the bookID's properly into their relative testament modules based on the versification indicated when the parse is started. .

This is covered in the OSIS manual, but it isn't really that clear on the testament reference page.