[OS X TeX] Bibtex and non-ASCII characters
Adam R. Maxwell
amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Nov 11 00:10:41 CET 2007
On Nov 10, 2007, at 2:47 PM, Markus S wrote:
> is there any smart way to deal with non-ASCII characters like the &
> symbol when using a GUI-based reference software (be it Endnote,
> Bookends, Papers, or BibDesk) and .bib file.
Well, "&" /is/ part of the ASCII character set. It just needs to be
escaped in TeX.
> Currently, I am sometimes replacing the & symbol with \& within
> Endnote, sometimes in the .bib file. Doing it always in Endnote
> would be safer way but browsing Endnote this looks a bit odd.
> My (planned) way out is to use a Perl script that converts all non-
> ASCII characters in the .bib file exported from Endnote so that
> things work in Latex. I have the Perl script, the tough job is to
> come up with a list of all characters that have to be replaced (and
> I first have to reverse all the characters I've already fixed within
You could do this in BibDesk with regular expression find and replace
or AppleScript, which may be easier than manipulating the .bib file
directly. BibDesk also converts non-ASCII characters such as ø or ü
to the appropriate TeX sequence if you want (see the Files preference
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