[OS X TeX] Re: OT: Article dashboard Widget

Andrew Dawes dawes at phy.duke.edu
Fri Jul 20 20:46:47 CEST 2007

> Something that could be nice too is adding the possibility to reach  
> papers or books directly by DOIs. I'm not sure though, whether a  
> widget would really be needed for that, since given a DOI this only  
> means going to the URL
> http://dx.doi.org/DOI
> For example
> doi:10.1017/S002211200600379X
> translates to
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S002211200600379X

I would like to add a DOI feature if I can figure out how to deal  
with it in a pretty way (from the UI perspective). The only drawback  
is that the DOI workflow isn't quite the same as tracking a journal  
citation. If someone has a DOI reference (at least in my experience)  
it is already on a webpage, in a PDF or some other digital form. In  
these cases copy-paste into the browser serves the user just as well  
as this widget would (as you suggest above).

The article widget is designed primarily to serve people who are  
staring at a physical paper (or perhaps an older image-PDF) and  
trying to track down citations. In these cases selecting a journal  
and typing a short volume number and page number manually is a  
trivial task. Manual entry of a DOI makes my head hurt and is much  
slower than going through journal-vol-page, IMHO.


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