[OS X TeX] Re: MacOSX-TeX Digest #1288 - 02/15/05

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Wed Feb 16 16:26:44 CET 2005

On Feb 16, 2005, at 04:19, Lawrence Paulson wrote:

> On 16 Feb 2005, at 01:00, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>> Problems are more likely to be fixed if you file a bug at 
>> http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=61487&atid=497423 and 
>> provide a sample .bib and exact steps to reproduce the problem
> Given that the problem involves data loss, it is appropriate to 
> inform this list.

Informing the list is fine; I wanted the specific circumstances under 
which data loss occurs to be clear, though.
> To reproduce the problem, open the attached .bib file. BibDesk 
> correctly points out the invalid character in despeyroux-proof, but 
> it does not mention the undefined string in abadi-conjoining. Fix the 
> first error and click on Reopen, and it opens without further 
> complaint. Save, and you find that the line journal=toplas is gone.
> Past versions of BibDesk reported undefined strings as errors. The 
> lack of complaint I took to mean that such string references would 
> now be left untouched.

Which BibTeX parser are you using (in the Files preferences)?  I'll 
take a look at your file as soon as I get a chance and follow up with 
you directly if necessary.

> The invalid characters, incidentally, came from another .bib file 
> manager, Auc-TeX I think, which thought it was "clever" to replace 
> the TeX accents by accented characters in some encoding.

BibDesk can do this too, but it's clever enough to go the other way as 
well :).

> Thanks for helping, and I do think BibDesk has the potential to be 
> great.

Thanks for the detailed report!

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