[sword-devel] Tables across verse boundaries

David Haslam dfhmch at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 18 01:34:34 MST 2014

It was relevant insomuch that it helped me to understand and clarify the

And for DM too, as the example from the GNB in the USFM User Reference
illustrates that some modern translations have opted to use tables to
simplify repetitive looking lists in passages such as the one in Numbers.
Can't blame the translators. It's a good idea, even if it departs from a
wooden literalness.

Best regards,


PS. There are 11 tables in the Welsh Beibl.net USFM files for the Complete
Here's the first example in Numbers 1

\v 5-15 “Dyma enwau'r dynion sydd i'ch helpu chi:
\tr \th1 Llwyth \th2 Arweinydd
\tr \tc1 Reuben \tc2 Elisur fab Shedeŵr
\tr \tc1 Simeon \tc2 Shelwmiel fab Swrishadai
\tr \tc1 Jwda \tc2 Nachshon fab Aminadab
\tr \tc1 Issachar \tc2 Nethanel fab Tswár
\tr \tc1 Sabulon \tc2 Eliab fab Chelon
\m Yna meibion Joseff:
\tr \tc1 Effraim \tc2 Elishama fab Amihwd
\tr \tc1 Manasse \tc2 Gamaliel fab Pedatswr
\m Wedyn,
\tr \tc1 Benjamin \tc2 Abidan fab Gideoni
\tr \tc1 Dan \tc2 Achieser fab Amishadai
\tr \tc1 Asher \tc2 Pagiel fab Ochran
\tr \tc1 Gad \tc2 Eliasaff fab Dewel
\tr \tc1 Nafftali \tc2 Achira fab Enan.”

In none of the tables do they cross verse boundaries.
They all use a verse range before the table begins.

This source text is yet to be made into an updated module, even though we
have had the files since last July.
Tables are not the main obstacle. Nested tags are the unsolved issue in

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