[sword-devel] Need some help before starting new OSIS file

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Thu Aug 20 13:02:39 MST 2009

Hi John,

I trust you are already aware of the CrossWire wiki.  This page is good
place to start....

For the specific questions, there are several CrossWire volunteers who are
able and willing to help.


johnduffy-2 wrote:
> Hi, 
> I mentioned some months ago about wanting to convert the Bible in Irish
> into
> a Sword module.  It became clear then that to do so, I need to produce an
> OSIS file.  I'm now able to work on it again, and have some questions that
> I
> would appreciate some help on.  
> I'm not trying to produce the most enhanced version of an OSIS file at
> this
> stage, but I simply want to convert the existing vpl format file into OSIS
> as a starter.  The results will be basic, but usable, I trust.  I'm a
> newbie
> to Sword also, so some questions may seem rather basic, but please bear
> with
> me.
> 1    Can I use alternative quotation marks (“ for " and so on) to
> globally replace single and double quotations, instead of having to go
> through the whole text and use the 'q level'?  The use of single and
> double
> quotations has already been differentiated by the publisher for nested
> quotations.
> 2    I have two file versions - one file with line breaks (using rtf code)
> and headings (marked up as bold using rtf code) within verses, while the
> other file has neither and is the most basic vpl.  I would like to use the
> version with line breaks and headings.  The headings seem relatively easy
> to
> implement in OSIS using title.  Is it OK to use type="main" for a book
> title, type="chapter" for the start of chapters, and type="sub" for
> passage
> headings within a chapter?
> 3    Can I implement line breaks using lb within a verse?  (They are not
> grouped so lg seems like a lot of work to get the same result.)
> 4    Just for clarity, I gather that I should be using milestones for
> chapter and verses - is that correct?
> 5    Since I don't have paragraphs marked and therefore won't be using
> paragraphs in OSIS, I presume that each verse will automatically start on
> a
> new line when displayed - is this correct?
> 6    For the very occasional places where italics are found in the
> original,
> if I use the <hi type="italic"> element will that be interpreted correctly
> by osis2mod?  (I'm currently marking them up using rtf code.)  There is no
> uniform reason for their use so other more specific markups are not
> practical at this time.
> 7    This is a 73 book canon.  Is there a definition or specification for
> the KJVA or Vulgate v11n available with the number of verses in each
> chapter
> and chapters per book?
> I appreciate all your help at this stage.
> Thanks
> John Duffy
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