[OS X TeX] Bibliography Key

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Tue Sep 22 02:42:40 CEST 2009

On Sep 21, 2009, at 2:17 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Sep 21, 2009, at 4:02 PM, Alan Litchfield wrote:
>> Herb,
>> 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.
>> Cheers
>> Alan
> Howdy,
> I agree, it isn't clear from the documentation. I've looked in the  
> BibTeX documentation, The LaTeX Companion (2nd Edition), Guide to  
> LaTeX (4th Edition), LaTeX - A Document Preparation System and More  
> Math Into LaTeX (4ht Edition) and all were unclear about the spaces.  
> Of course the proof is in the pudding and if bibtex chokes the  
> answer is clear.
> I'd guess leading spaces might be ignored so I'd leave them out!

Here's an old post of mine on bibdesk-users that mentions TLC 2nd ed.   
I don't have the book here in my hotel, so have to resort to quoting  
myself :).


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