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CTAN up­date: BibTeX 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 for , etc

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

BibTeX it­self is an ASCII-only pro­gram; there is, how­ever, a ver­sion that copes with 8-bit char­ac­ter sets. How­ever, BibTeX’s fa­cil­i­ties rapidly run out as one moves away from sim­ple ASCII (for ex­am­ple, in the var­i­ous na­tional sort­ing rules for lan­guages ex­pressed in dif­fer­ent parts of ISO-8859 — the “ISO Latin” se­ries). For more flex­i­bil­ity, the user is urged to con­sider us­ing biber with Bib to type­set its out­put.

In fact, it is best to avoid BibTeX in favour of biber and Bib, if at all pos­si­ble.

Main­tainerOren Patash­nik



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