[sword-devel] OSIS milestones and the attribute n ?

David Haslam dfhmch at googlemail.com
Sat Nov 12 04:10:57 MST 2011

Is it true that osis2mod ignores the attribute *n* in verse milestones?

e.g.  In the following snippet, pasted from the wiki:

 <verse sID="Gen.1.1" osisID="Gen.1.1" n="1"/>In the beginning...<verse

The attribute n="1" is what I refer to.

More to the point, when the text is for linked verses, we might have for

<verse sID="Jer.41.17-Jer.41.18" n="17-18" osisID="Jer.41.17
Jer.41.18"/>Asinain Babilon siangpahrang in Judah ram uktu ah a
tuahmiGedaliah kha Ishmael in a thah ruangah Babilon mi ṭihnak an thinlung
sungah a khat. Curuangah Babilon mi ṭih ah Izipt ram ah an tlan. Lamzin ah
Bethlehem khua kiangah Khimham ah an cawl.<verse eID='Jer.41.17-Jer.41.18'/>

Observe here that the n attribute is the verse range (in this case "17-18").

Likewise, pasted from the OSIS reference manual example:

<verse sID="Esth.1.1-Esth.1.2" osisID="Esth.1.1 Esth.1.2" n="1-2"/>
King Xerxes of Persia lived in his capital city of Susa and ruled one
hundred twenty-seven provinces from India to Ethiopia.
<verse eID="Esth.1.1-Esth.1.2"/>

which has a proper explanation on page 46, viz.

The final attribute you see is the n attribute. This is most commonly used
to record some numbering that was present in an original text that may or
may not have any relationship to the structure being encoded. In other
words, the CEV translations inserted "1-2" here and OSIS provides a
mechanism to record the fact of "1-2" occuring here.


PS. It's noticeable that usfm2osis.pl does not even generate this attribute.

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