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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] linkend attr required in <biblioref>?
maxwell <email@example.com> was heard to say: > I think the 'xrefstyle' attribute on <biblioref> is supposed to be used > for things like where the parens go, or whether things are parenthesized, > etc. I suppose it's too much to ask that this could be standardized in > DocBook, perhaps along the lines of the LaTeX 'natbib' package--probably > there's just too much variability. If only everyone did things like me! This is what the committee said back then about the attribute (http://sourceware.org/ml/docbook/2004-03/msg00034.html): "The renderas attribute was changed to xrefstyle because it is so similar to the xrefstyle in the xref element. It will be CDATA rather than enumerated values because the group felt it was not possible to cover everyone's needs with a fixed list of values. The documentation will include a list of suggested values, and a stylesheet will ultimately determine which values are supported in a given environment." And here is a pointer which provides some more insight about what biblioref was intended for: http://xfree86.cygwin.ru/ml/docbook/2003-10/msg00085.html Obviously, the stock DocBook stylesheets cannot meet everyone's needs in terms of citation and bibliography formatting, although in general they do an excellent job at that. In order to format citations and bibliographies according to specific requirements, e.g. formatting styles enforced by publishers or journals, you'll probably need another layer on top of the DocBook stylesheets. You'll find lots of references to that issue in the archives. Look e.g. for Bruce D'Arcus' CiteProc project (http://bibliographic.openoffice.org/citeproc/index.html), a pure xslt solution for formatting citations and bibliographies, and RefDB (http://refdb.sourceforge.net), a bibliographic database package (which, however, to date still does not support all benefits of biblioref). regards, Markus -- Markus Hoenicka http://www.mhoenicka.de AQ score 38