[sword-devel] Heads and Titles

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Tue Jun 2 15:06:16 MST 2009

Ted Janiszewski wrote:
> Could someone well-versed in the OSIS spell out for me the difference 
> between <head> and the various types of <title> elements?  It sort of 
> looks as though the community changed direction on the best practices 
> for titling books and chapters halfway through writing the latest manual.

I see that there are a lot of errors in the manual with respect to the 
<head> element. Most references to the use of <head> should actually 
refer to <title>.

Luckily there's no potential for actual ambiguity in the use of the 
schema with respect to <head> and <title>. The two can never occur in 
the same types of elements. <head> can only occur within <castGroup>, 
<list>, <table>, and <head> itself. <title> can occur within a bunch of 
different elements, and represents titles in the sense you're thinking 
of (book, chapter, section, etc. titles).

Just be certain to run your document through a validator and it will be 
able to identify any errors relating to the choice between these two 


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