# [texhax] author-date biblio style

Philip G. Ratcliffe philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Thu Mar 10 09:11:07 CET 2005

> If I change the value of \begin{thebibliography}{<length>} in the .bbl
> file to some random immense value and retex the thing, forcing it to run
> through the errors, I can get it to move the labels a bit, but I still
> don't understand exactly what's going on, or rather, what I'm missing.

Maybe I wasn't clear enough:

> > doesn't, either find one that does or put in something by hand: just
> > a string of the right length (as printed that is).

You should put a _character string_ in there not an actual length: e.g,

\begin{thebibliography}{thelongestlabel}

Then LaTeX does the measuring itself according to the font in use.

You'd still probably be better off with a .bst that does it for; indeed,
it's rather odd that the one you're using doesn't.

Cordialmente,  Philip G. Ratcliffe
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