[sword-devel] osis2mod debugging/titles

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Wed Nov 17 09:18:52 MST 2010

On 11/17/2010 09:30 AM, Greg Hellings wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM, Peter von Kaehne<refdoc at gmx.net>  wrote:
>> On 17/11/10 13:42, DM Smith wrote:
>>> On Nov 17, 2010, at 7:06 AM, Peter von Kaehne wrote:
>>>> BTW are these canonical titles or are they added in to show what is lost in translation?
>>> WRT OSIS, canonical is not meant to be a theological statement. It is meant to be what is in the book.
>> yes, I appreciate this. My question was exactly this - do acrostic
>> psalms like 119 have headings in form of a single letter indicating the
>> acrostic nature in the Hebrew source or is this simply the way
>> translators have marked up the text to indicate a poetic feature
>> otherwise lost in the translation.
>> Former would be "canonical", latter would be "non-canonical" according
>> to my understanding of the OSIS definition in question.
> That's different from how DM is stating it.  The Hebrew does not have
> the single character headers, they are inserted by the translators so
> that those English speakers who are unaware of the acrostic nature of
> the material or who have trouble counting by multiples of 8 all the
> way to 176 can keep track of which Hebrew character they are in.  So
> in the normal, English sense the titles are not canonical.
> However, since the titles are actually present in the translator's
> rendering of the text, they should always be preserved in the output.
> According to DM's statement "It is meant to be what is in the book"
> then these titles _are_ canonical regarding the way OSIS uses that
> term.
> If DM is correct and I'm understanding him correctly, I consider that
> a very unfortunate corruption of the meaning of "canonical" by OSIS
> and especially unfortunate when canonical has such a specific meaning
> in the context of scripture already.
The practical nature of it is that the SWORD engine won't hide titles 
marked canonical. The encoder needs to decide.

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