[sword-devel] proposed patch: adding n=X marker content to footnotes and xrefs

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Sat Feb 11 15:20:26 MST 2012

Well, I listed my downsides in my last message.  I don't like looking 
for the corresponding letter reference on the page, as showing the 
letter reference implies that you need to find the corresponding letter.

A downside of citing is our labels is that we only have about 2 modules 
that contain provided labels, of which I am aware.

All other modules, if we display a label, are labels generated by our 
frontend software how they please.

These labels:
a) sometimes are not even regenerated to the same label in the same 
software, if the verse is at a different place in the display range. 
For example verse 3 might have different labels if display in range:

John 1:1-5
John 1:3-5

b) are certainly not generated in any standard way across different 
software packages.

Again, I am not arguing against displaying publisher provided labels.

I am arguing against forcing all frontends to display publisher provided 

As a user, I don't like them.  As a scholar I would reference:
Document, Work, "Footnote concerning <catch word>"

I wouldn't count on the publisher retaining the same footnote numbers 
across different editions.  I would bet hard cash that a big letter 
Bible has different footnote numbering than a standard letter Bible.


On 02/11/2012 09:00 PM, Daniel Owens wrote:
> On 02/11/2012 09:27 AM, Greg Hellings wrote:
>> What I have tried to propose before with CSS, and what Karl has
>> proposed here with footnote and cross-reference notes is that the
>> application ought to provide good defaults (generated cross-reference
>> and footnote markers when they are lacking) but to honor the module
>> creator's request when it is given.
> I am not aware of what the downside is to this, but as a module-creator
> I want more control over how things display, and as a user I want to be
> able to cite a source as precisely as possible. Providing the option to
> display the footnote label as indicated serves both interests.
> What I am not clear about is what the downside to this philosophy is.
> Daniel
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