[OS X TeX] BibDesk and CrossRefs

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Jul 31 11:41:26 EDT 2005

On Jul 31, 2005, at 08:13, Norm Gall wrote:

>>> With the preferences that you have set, BibDesk will copy Title  
>>> down to Booktitle when you create a *new* book record, but it  
>>> will not add Booktitle, if missing, to an existing book record  
>>> when you create a child from it.
>> That is correct, and this is the intended behavior (according to  
>> the developer who implemented it).  He says that we only add the  
>> Booktitle to the potential parent when its Title field is changed;  
>> observing all the possible ways a relation could change would  
>> cause a massive slowdown.
> This all makes sense with respect to what I have seen here... I had  
> missed the previous discussion.
> I just reviewed the archives and I cannot find an explanation why  
> the developer doesn't simply map title -> booktitle. Why create a  
> dummy field in the parent? The 'linked' information displayed when  
> looking at a child's record isn't from the child at all, but from  
> the parent. The whole idea of a crossref in bibtex is to bring the  
> information missing from the child's entry from the parent's entry.  
> The booktitle of a child is the title of the parent.

See this message <http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php? 
msg_id=11991758> for an explanation; the behavior is a workaround for  
a BibTeX bug, and we implemented it based on requests from crossref  


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