[sword-devel] Linking to General Books

Brian J. Dumont bdumont at ameritech.net
Tue Oct 20 03:27:17 MST 2009

Jonathan Morgan wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 9:42 AM, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:
>> Ideally, osisRefs should point at references using a standard reference
>> scheme. Obviously that won't exist for every work, but I suspect there is a
>> standard reference scheme for the Book of Concord. I find a description of a
>> simple & compact reference scheme at
>> http://bookofconcord.org/abbreviations.php, though I don't know if it is
>> necessarily standard. So the best solution is probably to recode the keys of
>> Concord to employ IDs like "Concord:SA.Preface", but you may not want to go
>> to the trouble of doing that.
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't that mean that all users will see
> "SA > Preface" rather than "The Smalcald Articles > Preface of Dr.
> Martin Luther"?  Is that a good thing?  I quite agree that standard
> references would be a nice thing, but not if it interferes with how
> the book is displayed to the user.  [Probably what is really needed is
> to separate the OSIS ref lookup from the key displayed to the user,
> but I doubt that is a small job or will happen soon].
You're right Jon about what would be displayed.  Upon reflection, I
think that the change would also break everyone's bookmarks.

For me to recode using a display name and a lookup is no harder (before
I start) than a simple conversion to a "simplified" title.  The question
is whether it can make it into all of the required source codes easily. 
Maybe someone else can answer that question.


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