[OS X TeX] LaTeX and APA

Alan T Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Sat Mar 19 21:23:15 CET 2011

Hi Alan,

On 19/03/2011, at 10:35 AM, Alan Munn wrote:

> On Mar 18, 2011, at 3:55 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:
>> I have just been through this exercise. There are some differences  
>> between 5th and 6th which are handled with biblatex, but there is a  
>> fair amount of work required to enable them. Once done then it is  
>> pretty automatic, until you find something else that is non- 
>> conforming and you have to do more set up work.
> Could you elaborate on this a bit? Does the current version of  
> biblatex-apa *not* implement the 6th edition properly, or were you  
> adapting a previous version of biblatex-apa that was designed for  
> the 5th edition?

Well, it was several months ago now and I have documents that stream  
back over the past decade of so that range in size from one or two  
pages to 270-plus. For me the main task was changing the citations and  
some minor changes to the bibliography file. I can't recall if I  
looked at biblatex-apa but it is probable I did (can't imagine I  
hadn't, that is). As for the version, don't know. I have no idea how  
well biblatex-apa represents the format and cannot answer that question.

apacite works and is mostly correct but as far as I am aware there is  
no automated system that fully and accurately represents APA. I often  
use the same documents on various platforms and it is preferrable for  
me to resort to the lowest common denominator.


Alan T Litchfield
PO Box 1941, Auckland, 1140
New Zealand

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