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Monday, October 04, 2004
 
Online Bible Dictionary Project ::

I would be glad of feedback on my current ideas for the components of an entry for the online Bible Dictionary.

Leaving aside the header information and focusing on the content I picture it something like this (the tags are not proposed real ones, just meaningful markers):

<headword>Word or phrase</headword> This is the word or phrase being treated, e.g. "David" or "Reader Response Criticism (Old Testament)"

<glossary>A sentence or two. This gives a quick brief definition or description.</glossary>

<entry>This will be longer, perhaps between Harper's and Anchor Bible Dictionary in length. Aimed at providing a full, if limited, introduction to the person, place, artifact, topic, theme etc.
<h1>Headings</h1>
Authors may use section headings and even sub-sections, but we will need in each case to ask if these would be better as (associated) separate articles.</entry>

<related_terms>This will be a list of (linked) associated words e.g. king : Solomon : United Monarchy ...</related_terms> [NB. in an earlier draft I called these "synonyms".]
<img with URI etc.>This element would be used to list associated images, with text (like this) to describe their relevance for the headword.</img>

Bible references in these entries would be coded (in OSIS?) so that they linked to the biblical text. Likewise words, phrases and concepts that are treated in the dictionary would be links to the appropriate article.

This is a draft hypothesis of what the meat of an entry might contain.

Can anyone suggest what is missing? Or could be done better? Or redundant? ....


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