[osis-users] Markup for notes in RSV

Mike Hart just_mike_y at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 20 13:05:06 MST 2013

Hi Peter, 

Examples of footnotes marked up in OSIS can be viewed at: 


Caveat emptor:

I think the version of OSIS described on this site is a very slightly older version than what the SWORD format supports, but the basics are the same. See the OSIS Changes page on the Crosswire site for details about what may vary from OSIS 2.1.1 within SWORD. I don't see anything affecting footnotes, but I deal in USFM almost entirely for the last couple years, and haven't paid attention to discussions on OSIS changes.


How are you tackling this project? What source are you using that you need to be worried about what appears in print? I would expect the Catholic Biblical Association to already have footnotes marked up in some electronic way. But since the RSV predates any standard markup by several decades,  I may be overly optimistic about the current level of technology in the Catholic Church for an older version like this.

Also, if I remember right, the Catholic RSV has some versification changes from the Protestant version that you will need to be aware of if you are trying to merge footnotes from a Catholic source to text from a Protestant source.  Psalms comes to mind first, but there are other books with small but critical differences that would cause special programmatic challenges with the project you propose. 

 From: Peter West <lists at pbw.id.au>
To: osis-users at crosswire.org 
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 10:07 AM
Subject: [osis-users] Markup for notes in RSV

I'm looking at adding the footnotes from the Catholic Edition of the RSV to the existing (non-Catholic) version of the RSV file.

This is my first encounter with OSIS, so I have a few questions.

Mark 1:1 has the following text:

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

followed by a superscript "a." The footnote for "a" is:

Other ancient authorities omit _the Son of God_.

The recording of notes and variant readings seems to offer a wealth of possibilities.  What's the best practice?

The first cross-reference for Mark is this:
1.2-8: Mt 3.1-12; Lk 3.2-16; Jn 1.6, 15, 19-28.

What is the best practice for this markup?


Peter West

"Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."

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