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CTAN update: documentation and FAQ

Date: January 11, 2007 9:05:45 AM CET
The material below has been updated on tug.ctan.org and should soon be at your favorite mirror. Jim Hefferon Saint Michael's College .................................................................... The following information was provided by our fellow contributor: Name of contribution: BibTeX documentation and FAQ Author's name: Michael Shell Location on CTAN: /biblio/bibtex/contrib/doc/ Summary description: The standard BibTeX documentation and a FAQ in PDF format. License type: lppl Announcement text:
I am pleased to announce the release of a new BibTeX Tips and FAQ document on CTAN: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/biblio/bibtex/contrib/doc/ (as btxFAQ.pdf). Originally based on a 1998 post to comp.text.tex, "Do we need a BibTeX FAQ?" by David Hoadley, I've added a lot of material to cover the types of problems most frequently encountered by BibTeX users. The BibTeX Tips and FAQ is not intended to replace the existing BibTeX literature, but rather to complement them: 1. Oren Patashnik's "BibTeXing" 2. Nicolas Markey's "Tame the BeaST --- The B to X of BibTeX" 3. Ki-Joo Kim's "A BibTeX Guide via Examples" 4. Robin Fairbairns' "The TeX FAQ" 5. Helge Kreutzmann's "How to Efficiently Use BibTeX" and to help direct readers to these other sources of information for a more in depth treatment of the topics at hand. I sincerely hope that BibTeX users will find it to be of help. Enjoy! Michael Shell
This material is located at http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/biblio/bibtex/contrib/doc/ . We are supported by the TeX Users Group http://www.tug.org . Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .

bibtex – Process bibliographies (bib files) for or other formats

allows the user to store his citation data in generic form, while printing citations in a document in the form specified by a style, to be specified in the document itself (one often needs a citation-style package, such as natbib, as well).

knows nothing about Unicode sorting algorithms or scripts, although it will pass on whatever bytes it reads. Its descendant bibtexu does support Unicode, via the ICU library. The older alternative bibtex8 supports 8-bit character sets.

Another Unicode-aware alternative is the (independently developed) biber program, used with the Bib package to typeset its output.

MaintainerOren Patashnik



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