[texhax] a question

Matej Košík kosik at fiit.stuba.sk
Sun Oct 9 22:52:45 CEST 2005

Hossein Jafari wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam
> I have a question about \cite, I want write references as [1-5].
> how can I do? because when I use this command it gives error
>  \cite{Ref1,-,Ref5}
> please help me.

Hitherto, I did not heard about a posibility how to achieve the
functionality you requested. In lot of cases it even does not make sense
. There are bibliography styles which refer particular
books/articles/etc by numbers. In those cases one could imagine to refer
a continuous interval of books as you suggested, i.e.


but there are styles in which references to books are expressed as
authors' names acronyms, such as


etc. In those cases it doesn't have sense to use a -- with acronyms.

The closest thing I can recommend you, is to express multiple references
as follows


it could produce something like this


The actual numbers depend on the actual situation, of course. But it is
concise, precise, and should work with any bibliography style. I do it
that way and there are no problems with this approach.

> yours sincerely
> Hossein Jafari
> Department of Mathematics,
> University of Pune,
> Pune-41107,India
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Matej Košík

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