[OS X TeX] converting crossref

Charilaos Skiadas skiadas at hanover.edu
Mon Jul 23 20:07:51 CEST 2007

On Jul 22, 2007, at 11:30 AM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> On Jul 22, 2007, at 08:05, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:
>> On Jul 22, 2007, at 7:50 AM, Alex Hamann wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have a number of incollection entries in my bibliography which  
>>> have been created with crossrefs.
>>> Now I ran into the problem that jurabib.bst offers a certain  
>>> formating options for incollection items which apparently do not  
>>> work if there is a crossref (I am referring to the edby option).  
>>> Is there an easy way to convert all the incollections with  
>>> crossrefs to incollections without crossrefs? Just deleting the  
>>> crossref field for all of them will not do it since that will  
>>> cause the loss of the information from the parent item.
>> This sounds like something that a search and replace with regular  
>> expressions should be able to do easily, but since I don't know  
>> how the entries before and after the conversion should look like I  
>> can't really offer more precise suggestions. Could you post some  
>> "before" and "after" examples?
> You'd need to do it with AppleScript, since the child item only has  
> a pointer (crossref) to its parent for certain fields.  So you can  
> have

Ah, you are thinking of doing this from within BibDesk I guess. That  
would certainly require AppleScript, and I personally can't stand  

But I was thinking more of a Ruby script that would read the bibtex  
file, process it accordingly and rewrite it. It would need to be  
smart enough to understand the various fields etc, not an easy task  
at all, but possible (and with a bibtex file that has been saved  
through bibdesk and follows the format that bibdesk imposes on files,  
perhaps a bit simpler.

Though the applescript way is easier for someone with some  
applescript skills.

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

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