[tex-live] bibtex's max_print_line
karl at freefriends.org
Wed Feb 10 01:47:36 CET 2010
Hi Arthur, Oren, all,
A cleaner, more thorough way of handling things would be for bibtex to
understand what a TeX control sequence is,
Or url. I surmise it should only break lines at known good places, and
there is no known-good place, it shouldn't break at all, overriding
and to not break the line there.
I think that would be much better than making max_print_line into an
(semi-)dynamic parameter, or even a truly dynamic one. Just because
there is one 100-character control sequence or url in a bibliography
doesn't mean I want every entry to be broken at column 100.
Would such a change be considered meritorious or welcome?
Meritorious. Is it something you can work on?
Background: I've talked to Oren quite a few times over the past several
years about making a bibtex bug-fix release, with this incorrect
line-breaking being the principal bug to fix. Oren had hoped to do it,
and still hopes to (not to mention BibTeX 1.0), but there is not even a
STIX-like ETA at this point. (Hope this is a fair summary, Oren.)
So any fix for it (from anyone) sounds excellent to me.
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