[sword-devel] updated WEB and HNV bible modules?

Kahunapule Michael Johnson kahunapule at mpj.cx
Fri Sep 9 00:04:51 MST 2005

WEB and HNV modules in as close to OSIS format as can be reasonably done 
are available at http://eBible.org/web/webosis.zip and 
http://eBible.org/hnv/hnvosis.zip. Those files validate against the OSIS 
schema. As far as I know, the only significant compliance issue has to 
do with changing quotation punctuation to markup. If that is a 
reasonable requirement, it should be trivial (less than a week's work) 
for you to implement that conversion in a fully automatic manner in such 
a way that upon display, you get back the exact same quotation 
punctuation that is there to start with. Go for it. Once you do that, 
maybe you can share the source code with me so that I can update my 
conversion programs. Feel free to start with the C# source code of my 

There have been many typo corrections and language updates since the 
versions of WEB and HNV distributed at Crosswire.org were posted. It 
would be a very good idea to update them if you have any respect for an 
"open source" Bible translation project.


Chris Little wrote:

> Hi Ryan,
> I think most of us are pretty busy right now. For my part, I've been 
> very busy with school, and just started a new semester, so I haven't 
> had much time to work on modules.
> There are two issues that need to be handled with regard to putting 
> out updated WEB/HNV modules. The first is that the modules need to be 
> in (compliant) OSIS format. The second is that the OSIS document needs 
> to be converted by a script from the GBF originals in a way that can 
> be repeated as new versions of the text are released.
> Failing to meet the first requirement doesn't move the project in the 
> direction we're moving (and doesn't help to move modules towards the 
> standard we're concentrating our support on). And failure to meet the 
> second requirement means we can't easily update the text in the 
> future, which is something we would like to be able to do.
> If you have a script to do the GBF to OSIS conversion that we need, 
> please share it and we can get an updated copy posted quickly. Failing 
> that, I'll try to get started on a new script this weekend if I can 
> find some time, as I can't find the old version I was working on.
> --Chris
> Ryan V wrote:
>> Well, its been a week since i first emailed this and I still haven't
>> gotten a response. So I'll ask again.
>> Last year, around June I think, I offered to provide updated WEB and
>> HNV modules. During my conversations I was told that an update would
>> be made available within a few months. Its been over a year now and I
>> have yet to see any updates to these modules. Are there any plans to
>> update the modules that are distributed on the Sword Project's
>> website?
>> Also, it would seem that there's a need for someone to work on
>> updating the texts as needed. What can I do to help out in this area?
>> I'm seriously considering setting up my own website to put updated
>> modules on. If there's updates planned in the near future then I will
>> postpone this. But if no updates are going to be released then I'll
>> make my own website to put updated modules on since I know many people
>> that want updates to these modules.
>> Ryan

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