[sword-devel] KJV verse numbering is not universal.

Chris Little sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 4 Sep 2000 17:31:45 -0700 (MST)

On Mon, 4 Sep 2000, Jerry Hastings wrote:

> There is a problem when people give you a reference and they use something 
> other than KJV. If asked to look at Psalm 120 by a Roman Catholic, would 
> you know to look at Psalm 121? If you guess that it was from a text that 
> follows the Douay you could get right to it if the Douay in Sword would use 
> Douay references.

ThML gives us two ways of dealing with such a problem.  First, if we
continued using only KJV versification, we could put scripRef tags around
the reference that actually point to the correct verse.  eg <scripRef
passage="Ps 121:1">Ps 120:1</scripRef>

The second possibility would be to use the version parameter of scripRef
to reference a specific version, which would work if we used the
translators' versification.  eg <scripRef version="DR">Ps 120:1</scripRef>

On the other hand, we might want to go with a third option of requesting
that ThML add support for different verse mappings using another parameter
to scripRef.  That would allow us to just convert between mapping methods
to the appropriate one, on the fly, without requiring that a specific
translation be used.

--Chris Little