Changing the format of Bible reference

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Harry Hahne | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Sep 6 2020 3:56 PM

Is there any way to customize the format of the Bible book reference when a Bible verse is copied and pasted? Every time I copy a Bible verse, I have to change the reference format, which is tedious.

The format that Logos uses does not conform to any standard format used by publishers. For example, the citation is "Ro 8:28" rather than "Romans 8:28" or "Rom 8:28" or "Rom. 8:28".

It would be wonderful if this format could be changed in the settings, either to always use the full book name or to use the SBL abbreviations of Bible books. I don't know any publisher that uses the format Logos uses.

Also, the citation format varies depending on the way that the text is copied.

  • Select text and choose Copy form the Context menu, uses the strange book abbreviation: Ro 8:28
  • Select text and choose Copy Verse (Styled) from the Context menu, uses the full book name: Romans 8:28
  • Use the Copy Bible Verses Tool, uses the full book name: Romans 8:28

A custom style in the Copy Bible Verses Tool can use a short book name. But again, it is a non-standard abbreviation.

The ideal would be to be able to specify in the settings the format of Bible books to use SBL, Chicago Traditional, Chicago Shorter, T & T Clark, etc. The use of a British publisher (such as T & T Clark) would also separate chapter and verse with a period rather than a colon as in American styles: Rom. 8.28

If FL does not want to add this level of customization, at least it would be helpful to use one of the standard abbreviations, such as SBL or Chicago style. This would save a lot of time for writers who use Logos.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 13 2020 1:46 AM

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