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Bug 1104 - Linking to the Bible and other texts with chapter:verse cross referencing.
Linking to the Bible and other texts with chapter:verse cross referencing.
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
Extensions requests (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement with 3 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2004-12-15 03:19 UTC by James Kilfiger
Modified: 2008-09-30 09:14 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

Extension to parse <bible> tags and link to kjv on wikisource (743 bytes, patch)
2005-06-10 15:06 UTC, James Kilfiger

Description James Kilfiger 2004-12-15 03:19:51 UTC
Many pages make Bible citations. These have a (fairly) standard form,
John 3:16. I am creating this bug to investigate the possiblity of 
making these references into links, in a manner similar to ISBN links.

What I am proposing is a wiki link to [[John 3:16]] or perhaps [[Bible, John
3:16]] should make a link to a generated page, giving a choice of bibles and
links to that verse. There is a list of online bibles at the bible page on

This is being discussed at the wikipedia village pump proposals page.
Comment 1 Shane King 2004-12-15 03:50:12 UTC
If we're going to do this, I'd suggest the syntax of <bible>John 3:16</bible>,
rather than just linking everything. This could then be implemented as a link to
Special:Bible (or something similar) with an appropriate query string to
generate the automatic links. It shouldn't link into the article namespace, in
my opinion (if you want an article namespace link, make a normal link).
Comment 2 Brion Vibber 2004-12-15 08:25:12 UTC
Not sure why we would want to link to bible verses in a bug tracker. Reassigning to 
MediaWiki extensions.
Comment 3 Matt Crypto 2004-12-15 15:24:35 UTC
I think this would be a very useful feature for Wikipedia. There's often need to
reference Bible passages in Wikipedia articles, probably more need than to
reference any other single piece of literature, and it's often unsatisfactory to
link to one particular version.
Comment 4 James Kilfiger 2005-06-10 15:06:13 UTC
Created attachment 599 [details]
Extension to parse <bible> tags and link to kjv on wikisource

I've never written any php before this, I've just followed the recipe on one of
the wikimedia pages. Moreover this extension is essentially untested. This
patch doesn't do what I would want, that is link to a special page, because I
have no idea how or if that is done. It just trys to link to The king James
version on wikisource
Comment 5 Jakob Voss 2006-04-17 10:23:28 UTC
This can easily be done with templates. See <a
href="">Template:Bibell</a> in the
German Wikipeda.
Comment 6 telarson 2006-09-26 16:40:55 UTC
Templates definitely seem to be the answer here.
Comment 7 John Mark Vandenberg 2008-09-30 09:14:13 UTC
I think this can be closed.  Templates to solve this are widely implemented, and more versatile.

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