[OS X TeX] Re: html output from bib file (BibDesk)

James Owen jhgowen at mac.com
Mon May 15 20:46:47 EDT 2006

Dear Graham,

I use several different html export templates, according to what I  
want to do. For example, I have one style which just outputs the  
reference, while another will show the abstract when you hover over  
the reference.

The output, along with the css can be seen here:  http:// 

I assume you know that you can change these by editing the  
htmlexporttemplate, and htmlitemexporttemplate files in
~/Library/Application\ Support/BibDesk/ .

Actually, I have several now, and it is a pain to change from one to  
the other. It would be nice to incorporate the export functions into  
a pref. pane for BibDesk, so that you can change your export template  
within the program, just like with the Preview pane.

The htmlexporttemplate file defines the basic webpage, and here adds  
a ref to my css file, where the formatting is done.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="../ 
base.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="print" href="../ 
print.css" />


<div class="content">

The htmlitemexporttemplate file is essentially a bunch of spans with  
appropriate names, which I hope is more search-engine friendly.
The citekey is used as an id, so I can refer to papers elsewhere in  
my website, and have a link directly to the right item
in the list.
The <ul> containing the Abstract field, allows me to use a css hover  
property, so that when I hover over the reference,
the abstract appears. I am not currently using this on my webpage,  

<li class="Pub" id="<$citeKey/>">
	<span class="Title"><$pubFields.Title/></span>
	<br />
         <span class="Author">< 
$pubAuthors.abbreviatedName. at componentsJoinedByCommaAndAnd/></ 
span><br />
	<span class="Journal"><$pubFields.Journal/></span> 
	<span class="Volume"><$pubFields.Volume/></span> 
	<span class="Pages"><$pubFields.Pages/></span> 
	(<span class="Date"><$pubFields.Year/></span>) 
	<span class="url"><a href="http://dx.doi.org/<$pubFields.Doi/>">< 
	<span class="Citations"><$pubFields.Citations/> Citations</span>
	<li class="Abstract">Abstract:<$pubFields.Abstract/></li>

What is nice is that all of this imports with styling into Pages, if  
you use a print.css style file, from which you can make a nice
pdf version of your publications.

Hope this helps,


On 3 May 2006, at 12:32, Graham Powrie wrote:

> Hi,
> 	I'm interesting your html output templates. I'm looking to put  
> together an MLA style annotated bibliography. Maybe there is an  
> easier way to do this with BibDesk, but I haven't found it. Lemmy  
> know. Thanks.
> Graham Powrie
> Graham at Votary.net

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