[sword-devel] Re:Chapter translations (Robin Randall)
dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 18 05:20:07 MST 2005
In looking at the code it seems that it is more than just an "user"
localization issue. It also appears to be a "publisher" localization
issue. In the encoding of a Bible module (e.g. ThML), I have seen both
Revelation and Revelation of John, and Roman and Arabic numbers. I would
guess that III is an appropriate publisher localization of 3 for the
KJV, but not for The Message.
I suggest that when software generates a full name to Rev, the full name
should be "Revelation" (say from an OSIS id), when a title is requested,
it should be more formal/complete. (I don't think Sword makes a
distinction between a full name and a title name. Neither does JSword)
But both should be allowable forms so that if input contains the
alternate, it should work just fine. With regard to Roman/Arabic
numbers, I favor Arabic as the new standard. But both need to be
acceptable as input. At least for the older American Standard English
speakers among us.
Thanks for the reference to the SBL Handbook of Style, I'll be buying it.
Chris Little wrote:
> This is actually a localization issue. I can't speak for UK users, who
> might need something else, but as a native speaker of Standard
> American English, I would say this should be changed to "Revelation".
> I would also say that all of the numbered books ((I|II)
> & III John) need to be changed from Roman numerals (which are no
> longer in general use in Standard American English or in modern
> printed Bibles) to Arabic numerals.
> The SBL Handbook of Style also identifies "Revelation" and the Arabic
> numeral forms as normative short forms for these titles.
> RLRANDALLX at aol.com wrote:
>> In a message dated 10/17/2005 11:04:31 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
>> sword-devel-request at crosswire.org writes:
>> Chapter translations (Mina Magdy)
>> Mina's message reminded me. Why won't anyone besides me stand up for
>> a shorter abbreviation for "Revelation of John". In my works I have
>> used "RV", "REV" and "REVE" without offending anyone that I know of.
>> Besides, my KJV Bible has the title "THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
>> TO ST. JOHN". Can I get anyone else to stand with me on a new rev. :)
>> In His Grace,
>> E-mail: RLRandallX at aol.com
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