[OS X TeX] converting crossref

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Mon Jul 23 00:43:13 CEST 2007

On Jul 22, 2007, at 15:01, Justin C. Walker wrote:

> On Jul 22, 2007, at 11:13 , Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>> On Jul 22, 2007, at 10:21, Justin C. Walker wrote:
>>> This may not help, but I offer it as an alternative: I have  
>>> several bibtex files, in particular one for books, one for  
>>> papers.  For papers in proceedings and the like, I use  
>>> "\cite{Blat}" as the book title.
>> I'm curious: why do you use this instead of crossrefs?  Does it  
>> work for any field?  (yeah, I could try that for myself...I'm lazy ;)
> My Mom never mentioned that feature.  I don't know that it's limited  
> to the Booktitle field.

Your Mom uses BibTeX?

> Also, the BibDesk doc implies that the crossref'd entry lives in the  
> same file with the crossrefee ("...all parent items must follow  
> their children...").  Am I misreading this?

I don't know.  There are restrictions on the order of items for  
crossrefs to work properly (the parent must follow the child in the  
file), but it's possible that they can live in separate files, as long  
as the parent file is read last.  None of BibDesk's crossref display/ 
search/sort features would work in the case of separate files, though.

>>> While BibDesk does not display the entry correctly (not being able  
>>> to relate the citation to anything in the file), it seems to work  
>>> fine in practice (of course, I have to have both files referenced  
>>> in the bibliography spec, and run bibtex a few more times :-}).
>> One advantage of crossrefs is that they are searched and displayed  
>> by BibDesk (and they were a real pain to implement).
>>>       Title = {N\'eron models},
>> As a side note, you may want to use {N{\'e}ron models} here.  ISTR  
>> that helps bibtex with sorting, but it also allows BibDesk to  
>> display the actual Unicode character.
> As it stands, the title shows up (both in the preview window and the  
> actual PDF) with a properly accented 'e'.  Does this mean the proper  
> character is being displayed?  I ask simply out of ignorance :-}

Sorry, I should have been more clear:  BibDesk converts Unicode<->TeX  
automatically when saving and reading files, if the appropriate box is  
checked in the Files preference pane.  This makes searching, viewing,  
and sorting a bit nicer.

This is mostly documented in the help book http://bibdesk.sourceforge.net/manual/BibDesk%20Help_87.html 
.  That page also links to http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=bibaccent 
  which explains possible BibTeX problems if you don't enclose it in  
braces.  YMMV and all that.


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