[OS X TeX] BibDesk crossref

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sat Jul 18 12:03:37 EDT 2009

On Jul 17, 2009, at 11:30 PM, david craig wrote:

> 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.

Default fields are determined by btxdoc.  You can set up your own  
custom fields if you don't like the official ones.


> 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.

Have you read this?


> [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.

That doesn't sound right.  See my other message; file a bug report at  
sourceforge with steps to reproduce the problem.

> And shouldn't there be an easy way to ADD a field rather than being  
> limited to changing one of the existing ones?]

Isn't there a "+" button at the bottom of your editor window?  Did you  
hide the status bar?


> 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?

The latter.  It adds Booktitle to the parent item and fills it with  
the value of the parent's Title.  You should remove inbook and  
incollection from the list.



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