[OS X TeX] Crossrefs in BibDesk?

Michael McCracken michael_mccracken at mac.com
Wed May 18 23:16:39 CEST 2005

On May 18, 2005, at 12:50 PM, Curtis Clifton wrote:

> Please note that I don't intend here to cast any aspersions if no  
> one decides to take this on.  "Theoretically easy" does not equal  
> "practically easy"---let alone interesting, fun, or motivating for  
> a volunteer coder.  Maybe I'll have time to work on a patch after  
> my dissertation is done (6 weeks!).  As much benefit as I've gotten  
> from BibDesk, I really should try to give something back.

Curt has hit the nail on the head here. The results from the  
discussion on the bibdesk mailing list a while back were that we do  
understand what it'll take to add this support, it's neither trivial  
nor terribly hard, and nobody volunteered to do it. Because of it,  
1.0 will go out without it. However, this could easily make it in for  
a 1.1 release if someone volunteers.

There are currently three active developers on the project, and I  
believe none of us have particularly complicated bib files. Writing  
code for features one doesn't personally use often results in bad  
design, especially in interface design, and I'd like to avoid that  
with BibDesk.

That's why I really appreciate the effort Matthias and Curt gone to  
to explain the details of what crossref support entails, and for the  
suggestions of how to implement it. There is now a good amount of  
info on the feature request tracker for someone to pick it up and add  
the functionality, assuming they know BibDesk's internals, which of  
course we're always happy to re-learn in order to explain to someone  

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Thanks for all the feedback!

     Michael McCracken
     michael_mccracken at mac.com

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