[sword-devel] HELP! Need your feedback on XML Markup Language
Fri, 31 Aug 2001 14:43:15 -0400
Bobby Nations <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> It's a bit late to rework the chapter and verse markup since it's been
> around for so long as to become the accepted rendering. Sometimes
> you've just got to live with the legacy systems warts.
True enough, but we need, we really do, we need to NOT determine the
structure of the text. ESPECIALLY a structure which is totally
foreign to the original text.
The versification scheme must only provide a way to locate the text.
It must not provide any semantic information. English, and every other
language I know of, only (except for poetry) presents the meaning in
non-verse chunks. This will surprise people, but versification adds
meaning which was never intended. If you think such a little thing
as a verse number doesn't do that, then contemplate the meaning of
the piece of a dot on the bottom of a period which makes it into
a comma. That little itty-bitty fragment of ink has meaning! And
your mind picks up on it even though you don't think about it. Same
thing happens with the colon and semi-colon.
Aren't we all fearfully and wonderfully made!!!? Amazing. Absolutely
Hope this helps.
"The first one last wins."
"A net of highly cohesive details reveals the truth."