[OS X TeX] BibDesk and CrossRefs
Adam R. Maxwell
amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Jul 31 17:41:26 CEST 2005
On Jul 31, 2005, at 08:13, Norm Gall wrote:
>>> With the preferences that you have set, BibDesk will copy Title
>>> down to Booktitle when you create a *new* book record, but it
>>> will not add Booktitle, if missing, to an existing book record
>>> when you create a child from it.
>> That is correct, and this is the intended behavior (according to
>> the developer who implemented it). He says that we only add the
>> Booktitle to the potential parent when its Title field is changed;
>> observing all the possible ways a relation could change would
>> cause a massive slowdown.
> This all makes sense with respect to what I have seen here... I had
> missed the previous discussion.
> I just reviewed the archives and I cannot find an explanation why
> the developer doesn't simply map title -> booktitle. Why create a
> dummy field in the parent? The 'linked' information displayed when
> looking at a child's record isn't from the child at all, but from
> the parent. The whole idea of a crossref in bibtex is to bring the
> information missing from the child's entry from the parent's entry.
> The booktitle of a child is the title of the parent.
See this message <http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?
msg_id=11991758> for an explanation; the behavior is a workaround for
a BibTeX bug, and we implemented it based on requests from crossref
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