[sword-devel] OSIS:What is the future? Who is using it now?

DM Smith dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 5 10:46:05 MST 2006


There are a whole bunch of programs that can use OSIS encoded SWORD 
modules. See www.crosswire.org for details. Often after a module has 
been created, it will be converted into formats appropriate for other 

I think the question as to whether OSIS has a viable future really is a 
question as to whether open source projects are committed to using OSIS 
in a robust and ongoing manner.

OSIS is the format of choice for all Sword Bible Modules. With very 
little limitation, any Bible encoded in OSIS can be converted into a 
SWORD module. The program osis2mod that does this is able to handle 
almost all valid OSIS Bibles. It does expect Bibles to have books, 
chapters and verses to be appropriately marked up.

The BibleDesktop program (www.crosswire.org/bibledesktop) which uses a 
Java implementation of the SWORD API, JSword, converts all modules, on 
the fly, to OSIS before rendering them to the user. JSword tries to 
faithfully implement handle OSIS. JSword is planning to provide the 
ability to use OSIS documents directly, supporting OSIS 2.1.

The OSIS standard is continuing to be actively developed and it has the 
backing of several organizations. See bibletechnologies.net for more 
information about it.

OSIS has a very bright future.

In His Service,

Tom Stout wrote:
> Hello I just invested several days formatting a Bible Text to use with 
> e-sword.  Let's just say it was an experience that drew me closer to 
> the Lord in terms of patience and perseverance. :)
> The translation is a South American Indian language called Guarani. 
> And before I dedicate more time to format this text into the OSIS 
> schema, could you tell me what Bible Programs are currently using this 
> format and what is the future of this format for Bible programs.
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