CTAN update: BibTeX documentation and FAQ
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 LaTeX, 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 LaTeX 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 BibLaTeX to typeset its output.
In fact, it is best to avoid BibTeX in favour of biber and BibLaTeX, if at all possible.
- 2010-12-13 CTAN update: bibtex
- 2007-01-11 CTAN update: BibTeX documentation and FAQ
- 2005-03-07 CTAN update: Tame The BeaST
- 2003-10-09 CTAN has a new package: BibTeX Database Generator