[texhax] Questions about Bibtex page range setting

阮铮 rz1991 at foxmail.com
Fri Jun 1 19:54:23 CEST 2012

Well, I do not just want to keep it in the database. I am seeking for a method to generate a single dash in my final output, since latex will always put two dashes in the pdf file. Do you have any suggestions?


Ruan Zheng

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From:  "Thomas Schneider"<schneidt at mail.nih.gov>;
Date:  Sat, Jun 2, 2012 01:33 AM
To:  "????"<rz1991 at foxmail.com>; 
Cc:  "texhax"<texhax at tug.org>; 
Subject:  Re: [texhax] Questions about Bibtex page range setting


> I have a question about how to customize bibliography appearance
> using bibtex. Normally, the standard styles convert a single dash
> (as in 7-33) to the double dash used in TeX to denote number ranges
> (as in 7--33). If I want to maintain the single dash in my
> bibliography, which option should I set to achieve this?

I have old entries that contain only one dash and I just checked -
they typeset just like with two dashes.  So you can just do it,
nothing special needed.  It's not clear to me why there is this
convention of double dashes ... maybe someone knows?

Given that the dashes look the same after being typeset, why should
you want to have single dashes in the database?


  Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
  Senior Investigator
  National Institutes of Health
  National Cancer Institute
  Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
  Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory
  Molecular Information Theory Group
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