[OS X TeX] BibDesk crossref

Alex Hamann mailinglist at alex-hamann.de
Sat Jul 18 05:06:09 EDT 2009

Hi David,

there is a specific BibDesk mailing list you might want to check out.  
Crossref is one of the things many people struggle with in the  
beginning so the archives might help you here.
Anyway, the best way t deal with crossref in my opinion is to first  
create the parent item (as you know, crossref is primarily for  
incollection items). Then press ALT in the main window and you will  
see hot the icon for "New" in the toolbar changes to "New with  
Crossref". That way you don't have the crossref field in every single  
item in you bibfile which makes sense since usually more items do not  
need it than actually do.

You can easily add fields to an item by first opening it in and then  
clicking the little plus symbol at the bottom of the editing-window.

The duplication feature you are mentioning should only be active for  
the parent items (books, manuals, etc.) NOT for the child items  
(incollection, inbook). What it will do is to add the field booktitle  
to the bibtextypes in that list so that if you then link an  
incollection to it via crossref you will find the booktitle field  
automatically filled out in the child item.



Am 18.07.2009 um 08:30 schrieb david craig:

> 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  
> appreciated.
> Thanks,
> David Craig
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