[OS X TeX] BibDesk bug

Adam Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Aug 8 22:16:06 EDT 2004


On Aug 8, 2004, at 19:57, Dr.John R.Vokey wrote:

> I'm not sure with which version this bug was introduced as BibDesk 
> used to handle these references correctly, but as of v.0.95, BibDesk 
> mishandles ampersands in Journal fields, faultily escaping one of the 
> two brackets it inserts around the ampersand in the resulting bib 
> file.


This is a new issue in 0.95.  The motivation is to make it easier for 
people to copy-and-paste from text sources (e.g. the web), without 
worrying about TeX commands for accented characters and such.

>   The only fix is to edit each such field by hand outside of BibDesk 
> (e.g., render {Memory \{\&} Cognition} as {Memory \& Cognition}).  
> Worse, if the file is ever edited inside BibDesk again, the error will 
> be re-introduced.

A better fix is to put the \& inside curly braces, i.e. {\&}.  If you 
do this, BibDesk will handle your bib file properly, and so will 
BibTeX.  Any text editor can be used to do a simple find-and-replace 
for this job.

> I have contacted the BibDesk development team, but I thought other 
> BibDesk users (most likely to be on this list) should be made aware of 
> the problem.

The preferred way to report bugs in BibDesk is via the tracker at 
<http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=61487&atid=497423>.  There 
are also mailing lists specific to BibDesk which you may be interested 


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