[OS X TeX] Bibliography management

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Sun Dec 28 20:40:27 CET 2014

On 28/12/2014 19:34, George Gratzer wrote:
>> On Dec 28, 2014, at 2:23 PM, 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.
> Michael Downes of the AMS accomplished this beautifully. 
> Unfortunately his untimely death caused the AMS to abort his project.
> GG

Well amsrefs tries a few things, and I'm not sure all of them are
sensible: a 'back end' to handle data extraction and sorting isn't a bad
plan, for example. Biblatex certainly does allow customisation in the
document: the question for me is how to marry that with a 'simple'
interface for the 'average' user. Needs more thought, and one for a
different list!
Joseph Wright

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