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Re: [Texmacs-dev] bibliographic data in documents

From: Andrea Gamba
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] bibliographic data in documents
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:02:41 +0100

Hi Massimiliano,

I think that the possibility of having the bibliographic data embedded is interesting, but should be provided as an alternative, and the possibility to use bibtex files should be preserved. Bibtex files are a well-established standard and many of us use them consistently for cataloguing bibliographic data. I, for instance, have catalogued thousands of items this way, and would not like to be forced to convert them to another format. 

I find it really convenient to have centralized bibtex files that can be used to provide smaller bibtex files via tools like pybcompact. I would very much appreciate the possibility to still make reference to a centralized bibtex file, but to be able to generate a bibtex-indipendent file (perhaps using amsrefs as you propose) only in the end, by selecting some item in the texmacs menu.


On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM, Massimiliano Gubinelli <address@hidden> wrote:
 I would like to ask your opinion about the possibility of having bibliographic data embedded in the document instead of having them in a separate bib file. Personally, when using LaTeX I avoid to have bibtex files around, I find better to have the data inside the TeX file using the amsrefs package  (http://www.ams.org/publications/authors/tex/amsrefs)  and I manage my bibliographic database using Zotero (http://www.zotero.org) which does not rely on bibtex files at all. This has the advantage that the TeX file does not need a separate bib file to run and also allow some more flexibility like having multiple bibliographies in the same file (for example this is useful in a cv where you have a list of your papers and maybe a list of external references, or various lists of your papers according to different research subjects). BibTeX is more rigid about this.

What  you think about including in TeXmacs the possibility of having the bibliographic data inside the document and maybe also the possibility to export a LaTeX file using amsrefs instead of bibtex.


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