[OS X TeX] Bibliography management

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Sun Dec 28 20:35:14 CET 2014

> On 28.12.2014, at 20:23, Joseph Wright <joseph.wright at MORNINGSTAR2.CO.UK> wrote:
> On 28/12/2014 19:18, Simon Spiegel wrote:
>> Looking beyond BibTeX, there are now a bunch of tools which use the Citation Style Language (CSL). CSL is a very powerful open standard which is, among others, supported by Papers, Zotero and Mendeley (the latter two are free). While not as powerful as biblatex/biber, it is quite versatile, has a lot of traction among developers, offers a lot of ready-made styles and is supported by many WYSIYWG-apps. Unfortunately, there is no LaTeX implementation of CSL, although this could definitely be done. This means that people who want to use Zotero et al. together with LaTeX will end up exporting BibTeX.
> With my 'LaTeX3' hat on, I've been wondering about how one might tackle
> to competing desires to have a way of describing bibliography styles in
> a simple form and of allowing the complex set-ups needed in some subject
> areas. Off-topic for the current discussion, but this is certainly
> something worth further consideration. (In a LaTeX context, the idea of
> being able to alter the style 'in the doc' is worthwhile, but that
> imposes some requirements on how things can be described.)

Not really an answer to your question, but while I see little chance of biber/biblatex entering the world of WYSIYWG applications, a (Lua)LaTeX implementation of CSL would be something extremely useful IMO. It would, for the first time, allow to have one solution – datawise and stylewise – which would really work across all platforms (and there are tools for CSL which allow style creation without digging into code). To be honest, I'm really surprised that no one has yet tried to implement this; especially since Bruce d'Arcus, the original creator of CSL, was talking about this right from the beginning.


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