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Re: Moving by entries and paragraphs in BibTeX mode

From: Roland Winkler
Subject: Re: Moving by entries and paragraphs in BibTeX mode
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 04:56:34 +0100
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Yevgeniy Makarov <> writes:

> I find it surprising that forward-paragraph and backward-paragraph
> commands move point by fields, not entries in BibTeX mode. (An entry
> is a complete record for a publication, a field is its part, such as
> Author.) The reason this is surprising is that the value of paragraph-
> separate is "[ \t]*$", as in text mode. (The values of paragraph-start
> are slightly different, but even if I make them the same it does not
> change the behavior of BibTeX mode.)

In BibTeX files, a `paragraph' is used in other context, too. Say
the function fill-paragraph operates on one field, not on one entry,
and I find that meaningful.

> I also did not find any commands that move the point from one entry to
> the next or previous. There are bibtex-beginning-of-entry and bibtex-
> end-of-entry, but they don't leave the current entry.

The reason there are no commands for this is most likely that up to
now nobody has missed them. (BibTeX files are like a database.
Rarely you need to browse through them one by one.) 

However, if you jump from one @ to the next / previous @ you are
most likely jumping from one entry to the other. I guess that typing
C-s @ is as efficient as executing a command that does perform this


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