[OS X TeX] Bibliography Key

Alan Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Mon Sep 21 23:02:11 CEST 2009


It has taken a while to get in front of my LaTeX Companion and it does not
appear to say in there that the cite key can have no spaces although all the
examples have none. Having tried it on a sample file PDFLaTeX failed to read
an entry in which I added spaces into the key and succeeded in reading it when
I removed the spaces. So the non-use of white space appears to be implied.

However, when I entered the key and put a white space before the key in the
tex file it was ignored. If I put a space before the key in the bib file, that
too was ignored.


Herbert Schulz wrote:
> Howdy,
> Can a bibliography key (the information that goes in the \cite
> command) have white space? The only comment I've been able to find is
> that it can contain letters, symbols and numbers but not a comma
> (which makes sense since it is the field delimiter); no comment about
> white space and that could be interpreted as a symbol.
> I know that the space key is ignored when entering a key in Bibdesk.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
> ----------- Please Consult the Following Before Posting -----------
> TeX FAQ: http://www.tex.ac.uk/faq
> List Reminders and Etiquette: http://email.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/
> List Archive: http://tug.org/pipermail/macostex-archives/
> TeX on Mac OS X Website: http://mactex-wiki.tug.org/
> List Info: http://email.esm.psu.edu/mailman/listinfo/macosx-tex

Alan Litchfield MBus (Hons), MNZCS
PO Box 1941, Auckland

More information about the macostex-archives mailing list