As of today, the Discussion Community includes a new feature: scripture references included in posts will automatically be convered to hyperlinks that open that given reference in a new window. This means that to create a reference to a verse that links to the text (e.g. John 3:16), you don't have to enter any special formatting: just type the reference as normal text in your message, and the system will automatically convert it into a link when the message is posted to the board.
Notes on usage:
- Don't put any special formatting around the reference; just type it as normal text. Transformation into a link is automatic and will take place when the message is posted to the board.
- You should (preferably) use the complete name of books, rather than abbreviations, to ensure that the system recognises the reference (e.g. 'Genesis' rather than 'Gen'). However, the most common abbreviations are supported.
- You must use the English book titles as come from the Hebrew, not Greek, name forms (e.g. 'Isaiah' rather than 'Isaias'). We hope to correct this in future to allow for both versions, but at present the system only works with these forms.
- You must use a colon (:) rather than a full stop (.) to separate chapter and verse. Again, we hope in future to configure this so that either form can be used (I personally prefer the full stop); but for the time being only the colon works.
- The conversion to links takes place only at the final stage of posting: when your post is actually submitted to the system. The 'Preview Post' screens will not show the references as converted. Please do not be worried by this; the conversion will take place in the end.
All links open the passage in a new window, in the New King James Version on the BibleGateway web site (where you can also view the passage in other translations). Please note that at this stage the books called 'Apocrypha' in Protestant bibles are not converted by this system - a situation we hope to rectify soon.
Feel free to test out this feature in the test posting area.