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The need for a general purpose milestone tag in USFM #58
Proposal for extending USFM
In OSIS 2.1.1 there is a general purpose milestone element that takes the form
Further attributes are allowed.
It would be very useful to have something equivalent in USFM 3.x that could be readily converted to that OSIS element.
I therefore propose the marker \mg for this purpose.
Suppose it's one of the modern translations that omits various verses.
An omitted verse such as any of Mark 9:44,46,48 could be marked with just this milestone.
There's no verse text, but having a milestone in the OSIS will ensure that various Bible study programs would not meet an inability to navigate past this verse when using (e.g.) a spinner control in the GUI.
Unlike existing milestones syntax, the general one would not require the
I'm sure that further uses will arise in USFM, as we've often seen several other uses of such a milestone in various OSIS Bible text files.