[osis-users] osisID vs. language

Markku Pihlaja markku.pihlaja at sempre.fi
Wed Jan 11 04:21:05 MST 2012

Ok, thanks for the info. So I'll be using the standard (English-looking)
id's for osisID. But I guess I'll sacrifice sID (and eID) to provide the
extra information about Finnish abbreviations, with the cost of some

Btw, are there any other OSIS references than the User Manual by Patrick
Durusau (found at http://www.bibletechnologies.net/) and the wiki (which I
never can find, should bookmark it...)?


2012/1/10 Todd Tillinghast <todd at snowfallpress.com>

>  Markku,
> The values in the osisID attribute for scripture references are
> standardized.  Techincially you can define your own reference system but
> 100% of the scripture texts encoded are using the standard OSIS defined
> Bible book names along with numbers for chapters and verses.  These Bible
> book names are not English or any other languages and are language
> independent (even though they look like English names).
> The sID attribute can be any value you with (limited to valid characters
> for the attribute) and MUST match the value of the eID attribute of the
> paired "milestone" element.
> As a PRACTICE I like to use <verse sID="Matt.2.1" osisID="Matt.2.1"/> for
> verses and <q level="1" sID="Matt.2.6!Quote.1"/> and <q level="1"
> eID="Matt.2.6!Quote.1"/> for quotes.  I like this because I can
> automatically generate unique sID and eID values.
> Todd
> OSIS Technical Committee
> On 1/10/2012 4:07 AM, Markku Pihlaja wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Some background info first (skip to "------" if you want to get straight
> to business!).
> The current official Finnish translation of the Bible was published in
> 1992 - and the official digital source files also date back to that time.
> Now the time has come to update the source files to a modern version, and
> we've selected OSIS for the job.
> The original source files included certain coding for headings, chapter
> and verse numbers etc., and I have now been doing a lot of complicated
> regexp replacements to convert them to OSIS.
> On the way, I've come across quite a number of questions that don't get
> answered by the OSIS manual. I believe many of them are familiar to you as
> well, so I'll  be feeding them to you in the near future.
> I've actually never used a mailing list like this before, so I'm not
> familiar with any etiquette or standard behaviour that might be required -
> please inform me if I'm doing something funny ;).
> But let's finally get to business. I guess I should post one question at a
> time, with a descriptive message subject. So I'll stat with this, more to
> come:
> ------
> osisID vs. language
> Should osisID's e.g. in <verse> tags always be formed from the English
> abbreviations of books? And if that is the case, can I somehow include an
> additional attribute for the Finnish versions?
> That is: I'd like to tag my verse like this:
> <verse sID="Luuk.13.10" osisID="Luuk.13.10" />
> ("Luuk." instead of "Luke")
> but that would probably make my file rather incompatible with any
> international software that uses OSIS files.
> On the other hand, our main target group are Finnish publishers, and
> having the osisID's solely in English would not be very good service for
> them.
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