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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Bibliographic styling

Richard Hamilton <hamilton@xmlpress.net> writes:
> Iâm thinking of taking on the task of creating a docbook
> customization, similar to the iso690 customization, to process
> bibliographic information in the Chicago Manual of Style format.
> Before I dive in head first, I thought Iâd check with the group to see
> if anyone has already done that.

I wonder if it would be possible to describe the format in some
declarative way and either derive the stylesheet from that or interpret

I looked briefly at doing that with BibTeX once, but that seemed a
little too challenging for the amount of free time that I have (which is
generally measured in negative numbers).

> To streamline the markup of inline references to bibliographic
> entries, I wonder whether it would stretch the standard too far to
> interpret a linkend in a citetitle as pointing to a bibliographic
> reference and process it as though it were a biblioref immediately
> following the citetitle. So, for example,
> <citetitlef pubwork=âbookâ linkend=âref.stayton2007â>DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide</citetitle>
> would be interpreted as equivalent to <citetitle
> pubwork=âbookâ>DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide</citetitle><biblioref
> linkend=âref.stayton2007â/>

That doesnât seem unreasonable to me. What I tend to do myself, however,
is just the following:

<biblioref linkend="ref.stayton2007"/>

Which I then render inline as the title from the bibliography entry with
whatever styling seems appropriate. Saves me from having to type the
titles each time.

> But, to take it a step further, how about interpreting <citetitle
> pubwork=âbookâ linkend=âref.stayton2007â/> the same way, but pulling
> the title from the referenced biblioentry/bibliomixed element when the
> citetitle element is empty.
> Any thoughts?

Thatâs what biblioref is for? :-)

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Tovey-Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>

> Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing
> in life is to know when to forego an advantage.--Benjamin Disraeli

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