[OS X TeX] autogenerated cite keys; BibDesk 1.3.20

Maxwell, Adam R adam.maxwell at pnl.gov
Thu Aug 20 13:02:42 EDT 2009

On 08/20/09 02:58, "Alessandro Languasco" <languasc at gmail.com> wrote:

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

Glad you found something that works.  If you use BibDesk in future and need
to continue this format, a script hook that fires when you set the citekey
is the best way to adjust it.

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

I admit that possibility :).  However, in my experience, most people have no
technical reason for a particular citekey format or paper-filing scheme.  My
reply looks more rude than I intended...sorry about that!


> 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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