[OS X TeX] autogenerated cite keys; BibDesk 1.3.20

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Wed Aug 19 11:02:51 EDT 2009

On Aug 19, 2009, at 6:04 AM, Alessandro Languasco wrote:

> I'm trying to autogenerate cite keys in BibDesk using the following  
> custom format
> name of the first author + first initial of the surnames of the  
> remaining authors + year + progressive letter
> The best result I am able to get is to use the commands
> %a1%a91%Y%u1
> but the first letter of the first author is repeated.

Suggestion #1: your citekey isn't a work of art; just pick something  
simple and use it.

Suggestion #2: use %u0 at the end, instead of limiting it to a single  
unique character.

Finally, if you really need this form of citekey, you will have to  
write a script hook to create it yourself.  You can access the format  
parsing from AppleScript, so that may be helpful.


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