In this video you learn all about how Paratext uses special tags called USFMs. The tags
- provide the structure of the document by identifying the start of each book, as well as the sections within them.
- help you navigate around the translation using Bible references.
- facilitate the appropriate formatting of the translation by the typesetter according to what each bit of text really is, such as a heading, chapter number, or something special in the Bible text itself such as poetry or a quotation.
USFM stands for Unified Standard Format Marker.
USFMs always start with a backslash, then a code, then a space. (e.g. \ft )
With the exception of a closing marker which ends with an asterisk and doesn’t need a space.