This rather plain-looking page contains numerous examples of bibleref markup and the intended results of processing them. This serves both to illustrate bibleref markup, and to provide a test suite for bibleref processors. View the page source to see how the class and title attributes are used. All underlying bibleref markup is displayed here with lightblue background.

ID Comment Example Bibleref Markup Processor Output
1. Simple Examples
1A cite element (no title) ... in 2Tim 2:15, we read ... class = "bibleref"
"2Tim 2:15"
(or "2Tim.2.15",
or other valid formatting variants)
1B cite element (with optional title) ... in 2Tim 2:15, we read ... class = "bibleref"
title="2Tim.2.15"
"2Tim.2.15"
1C a element ... in 2Tim.2.15, we read ... class = "bibleref"
title="2Tim.2.15"
"2Tim.2.15"
1D Textual content includes a Bible version
Processors can probably identify the version, so the title attribute isn't required, though best practice is to include it.
... in 2Tim.2.15 (ESV), we read ... class = "bibleref"
"ESV:2Tim.2.15"
2. Required Use of Title Attribute
2A A contextually-defined reference in text requires the title attribute ... Paul's second letter to Timothy ...
in verse 15, we read ...
class = "bibleref"
title="2Tim 2:15"
"2Tim 2:15"
2B Another contextually-defined reference
(Though this vague description may not warrant being called a Bible reference)
... chapter two of 2nd Timothy ...
in the next chapter, we read ...
class = "bibleref"
title="2Tim 3"
"2Tim 3"
2C Processors may not be able to identify the version, so it should be included in the title. ... in Crossway's version of 2Tim.2.15, we read ... class = "bibleref"
title="ESV:2Tim.2.15"
"ESV:2Tim.2.15"
2D The version identifier can be omitted by processors if it can't be identified and isn't included in the title ... in Crossway's version of 2Tim.2.15, we read ... class = "bibleref"
title="2Tim.2.15"
"2Tim.2.15"
2E Processors may omit a version identifier in the text if it's non-standard (and not in the title) ... in the PQT translation of 2Tim.2.15, we read ... class = "bibleref" "2Tim.2.15"
2F Processors may not omit a version identifier that's specified in the title, even if it's non-standard ... in 2Tim.2.15, we read ... class = "bibleref"
title="PQT:2Tim.2.15"
"PQT:2Tim.2.15"
3. With Other Elements and Attributes
3A outer cite element with inner a element:
browsers should normally display the title of the inner element as a tooltip
... in 2Tim 2:15 , we read ... class = "bibleref"
title="2Tim.2.15"
"2Tim.2.15"
3B Other class attributes are allowed, as long as bibleref is included ... in 2Tim 2:15, we read ... class = "highlight bibleref sidebar" "2Tim.2.15"
4. Ranges and Compound References
4A Range reference ... in 2Tim 2:15-17, we read ... class = "bibleref" "2Tim.2.15-17"
(or "2Tim.2.15-2Tim.2.17", or other valid variants)
4A Range reference (across chapters) ... in 2Tim.2.15-4.8, we read ... class = "bibleref" "2Tim.2.15-4.8"
5. Bibleref Data Values
5A Reference to deutero-canonical book ... the Wisdom of Solomon 6:1 ... class = "bibleref"
title="Wis 6:1"
"Wis 6:1"
6. Unusual Cases
6A Incomplete reference, and no title attribute.
This is bibleref, but the reference cannot be determined, and none is provided.
The author should either provide a reference, or not mark this as bibleref.
... my favorite verse ... class = "bibleref"
""
6B Implicit reference, and no title attribute.
Processors are not required to map descriptions to references.
The author should either provide a reference, or not mark this as bibleref.
... the Song of Deborah ... class = "bibleref"
""
X. Not Bibleref
XA This is a cite without the bibleref class attribute.
Though the author might have intended a Bible reference, this is not bibleref markup.
... Mark 4 is an important ...   (nothing)