[sword-devel] what to do about citation tags in ThML?

David Troidl DavidTroidl at aol.com
Fri Nov 7 14:20:11 MST 2008

Brian J. Dumont wrote:
> So I've been updating some genbooks modules per comments from the beta 
> tests.  I think I've come across an error in either the DTD or the 
> documentation for ThML.  The problem has to do with citation tags.  
> The docs I've been using are directly from CCEL:
>     http://www.ccel.org/ThML/ThML1.04.htm
> where it says:
>     Citations of other works such as books or treatises may be marked
>     with the <citation> element. That element may also take an href
>     attribute to specify a URI for the cited work, if available.
> I'm using the DTD from them as well:
> <!DOCTYPE ThML PUBLIC "-//CCEL/DTD Theological Markup Language//EN" 
> "http://www.ccel.org/dtd/ThML10.dtd">
> If I add a <citation> element, then xmllint claims that it fails 
> against the DTD:
>     [bjdasc at ascpc5] xmllint --valid tst.xml > law_gospel.xml.clean
>     tst.xml:15312: element citation: validity error : No declaration
>     for element citation
>         In the <citation>Preface to the Book of Concord</citation>
>     (Mueller, p. 16. 17;
>                                                                   ^
>     tst.xml:15344: element p: validity error : Element citation is not
>     declared in p list of possible children
>     perhaps, while the blind are leaders of the blind, all might
>     perish.&rdquo;</p>
> If I remove the tag, then it works fine.  Should I just remove the 
> markup or should we try to fix this (it's not really in our files)?  
> Do we know who to contact at CCEL for this?
> Thanks,
> Brian
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If you look in the DTD, you'll find <!ENTITY % ThML.bible SYSTEM 
and it looks like bible.mod contains the citation element.

The whole DTD package is available at

Look under

      For the SGML/XML types:

(ThML10.zip <http://www.ccel.org/ThML/dtd/ThML10.zip>)



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