[OS X TeX] BibDesk crossref

david craig dac at panix.com
Sat Jul 18 02:30:24 EDT 2009

After waaaaaaayyyyyyyy too long, I'm switching over to bibtex and have 
been learning my way around BibDesk tonight.

BibDesk 1.3.21 on Mac OS 10.5.7, MacTeX 2008 fully updated.

I'm having a bit of befuddlment concerning crossrefs.   First, I'm a bit 
confused why Crossref isn't one of the default fields.   As far as I've 
found so far, I can add it as a custom field, or select a parent entry 
and use the action button to create a new entry with a crossref to it. 
Just seems a bit harder than it ought to be to, e.g. add a Crossref 
field on the fly.

[Apropos of which, when I double click a field in an entry and try to 
change the field name to one from the drop-down, or a new one, nothing 
at all happens when I click OK.  The supposedly edited field remains 
unchanged.  This feels a lot like a bug, or at best, is very confusing. 
And shouldn't there be an easy way to ADD a field rather than being 
limited to changing one of the existing ones?]

Those aren't my real questions, though.  I've ticked "Duplicate Title to 
Booktitle" and added "inbook" and "incollection" to the list.  However, 
it just doesn't do it.  The child shows the parent's title in the 
"title" field, which is clearly incorrect, and the "Booktitle" field 
remains empty.  I have to make the changes manually.

Is this a bug, or am I just confused about what's supposed to happen?

Since I'm on the digest form of the list, a direct cc would be 

David Craig


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