[OS X TeX] autogenerated cite keys; BibDesk 1.3.20

Alessandro Languasco languasc at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 05:58:23 EDT 2009

Thanks Adam for the suggestions.

Just a follow-up: I had no need to write an Applescript program since  
auto-generated keys method in JabRef allowed me to have them formatted
as I wrote.


PS. yeah, I do have good reasons to use such a format.

On 19/ago/09, at 17:02, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> 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.
> http://bibdesk.sourceforge.net/manual/BibDesk%20Help_82.html

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