I was checking a reference in the Vinaya and I noticed that the Pali text doesn’t have the PTS vol/page numbers. “That’s a shame”, I think. We really should have a JSON array that lists all of the different reference systems so we can systematically transform one to the other. Then I realized that we actually have the relevant data in the English translation! So this can’t be too hard, I think, and I was right (for once).
I’ve sucked out all the reference data from the English Vinaya text and transformed the
<a> reference data into JSON. One reason for doing this was just to work with JSON a little and get a feel for it. But it all went well. So this file has the reference data for:
- English PTS vol/page
- Pali PTS vol/page
- Mahasangiti paragraph (for the first few hundred only)
- PTS chapter/section
The last of these is based on the rule/khandhaka number, and so corresponds with our URLs. The only difference is that it adds a more granular subdivision to this.
Have a look and let me know if it makes sense as a data construct, like I said I have no experience with JSON. But it seems to me we should have a comparable set of reference data for all our texts so we can effortlessly transform from one reference system to another.
pi-tv-vi.json.zip (21.3 KB)