[sword-devel] OpenScriptureFormats.org

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Tue May 20 14:42:29 MST 2008

Bear in mind that this is the work of an individual, with a fairly 
specific purpose in mind. And the page is also a bit out of date and 
fairly inaccurate with respect to OSIS.

The fact that Paratext figures into the evaluation makes fairly clear 
that this is a discussion specifically intended for people in Bible 
translation organizations, many of which are now much more standardized 
on OSIS than they were way back then.

The only really pertinent formats discussed on that page are USFM, OSIS, 
and possibly legacy SFM. None of the others have enjoyed significant 

CrossWire also has a discussion of file formats in our Wiki: 
http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/index.php/File_Formats. It is likewise 
biased, having a specific focus on the needs and interests of Sword 


David Haslam wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> The following link is of interest and relevance.
> http://ebible.org/usfx/Bible-encoding.htm Bible File Encoding for Bible
> Translators, Publishers, and Software Developers  By Kahunapule Michael
> Johnson.
> It is a good one-stop education about the modern Tower of Babel.  Not a wiki
> though.
> David
> Daniel Holmlund wrote:
>> I was thinking that it would be great if there was a wiki style one stop
>> website where developers and publishers could find information about
>> different types of Bible publishing formats.  Further, it could have links
>> to different software projects that deal with e-Bible publishing.
>> Daniel Holmlund

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