[OS X TeX] BibDesk bug

Adam Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Mon Aug 9 22:15:36 EDT 2004


On Aug 9, 2004, at 19:43, Dr.John R.Vokey wrote:

> No, I tried that; it produces the following, which is still an error:
> @article{VokRea1992,
> 	Author = {Vokey, J. R. and Read, J. D.},
> 	Journal = {Memory {\{\&}} Cognition},

Thanks for pointing that out.  I missed that when debugging this 
originally; it apparently gets escaped by C as well, so we can't do the 
conversion on it.  Consequently, this conversion will be removed in the 
next release.

>    I understand the ``cut and paste'' motivation, but at the expense 
> of existing .bib files and users who enter code correctly?  It's a 
> bug, certainly not a feature.  At a minimum BibDesk should test first 
> whether the ampersand is already escaped.

In general, BibDesk only handles characters that are properly escaped; 
by my reading of btxdoc.dvi, any such character should be in braces, 
e.g. ampersand should be {\&} rather than \&, but I could be wrong.  
The ampersand is just a case that we can't convert properly at this 

Anyway, sorry for this regression.


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