[sword-devel] Wanted : Sword utility to convert MarkDown to GenBook

Michael H cmahte at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 09:14:48 MST 2019

Re: USFM applied to non-bibles

I use a form of USFM to produce GEN books.  It looks a bit different when
there are no chapters and verses, but the tags are all the same.  The
biggest learning is that 'chapter' tag in USFM means specifically 'BIBLE'
chapter, so the 'periph' tag is used to create the semantic division where
a 'chapter' (nonbibiblical) is expected.

As an example, This USFM code for a Cebuano Study of the Book of John in

Produced this work:

Which is also derived to epub and kindle.

However, All I got for my efforts seeking permissions on this was
acknowledgement from a dean of Global University that my activity up to
this point wasn't in violation of the distribution policy they provide. No
official license or clear statement that redistribution of this
reconstituted work is OK. And since it's a large organization (Assembly of
God) with many faces, I need something more than acknowledgement to mass
produce their library.

On Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 3:03 PM refdoc at gmx.net <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:

> I would tend to agree with Greg and possibly with Michael, too.
> That USFM was created for Bibles is neither here nor there. It can be used
> fine for other purposes. the structures we need are all available. Whether
> the path via USFM is a good one for books I am not sure, but it is an
> intriguing idea.
> Sent from my mobile. Please forgive shortness, typos and weird
> autocorrects.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Wanted : Sword utility to convert MarkDown to
> GenBook
> From: David Haslam
> To: SWORD Developers' Collaboration Forum
> CC:
> It’s a book - hence GenBook.
> It’s not a Commentary.
> USFM simply doesn’t apply to the work in focus or to others that I have in
> mind.
> There are a few Scripture references in the text.
> David
> Sent from ProtonMail Mobile
> On Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 20:19, Michael H <cmahte at gmail.com> wrote:
> For whay it's worth,  I promote usfm for exactly the reasons being
> discussed here. Ease of editing and semantic tags.
> The biggest reason not to use markdown for genbooks is the inability to
> properly link references to scripture. Since the whole point of having gen
> books in the sword platform is to promote bible study,  it seems a bit
> counter intuitive to not provide links where scripture is cited.  Usfm does
> have the structure, and is no harder to learn than mark down, and has a
> robust set of tools for checks.
> So maybe the request should be for a usfm to thml conversion,  or
> supporting usfm/usx directly in gen books.
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