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For my Ph. D. thesis I want to create a bibliography according to the suggestions given in the german standard DIN 1505.

There exists a quite old style dinat.bst (see TeXFAQ) which I had used in a slightly modified version for my diploma thesis many years ago.

I read a lot of positive things about biblatex and I'm currently planning to switch from my old bibtex to biblatex to hopefully better configure the bibliography.

However it would be very helpful (and I'm quite sure somebody must have done this before me) to have a readily configured citation style which corresponds (or comes close to) to the DIN 1505 and which works with biblatex (even if it is not perfect). I did not find anything about that in the biblatex manual, but maybe I've overlooked it...


I found 2 documents defining the requirements: (I'm sorry: they're both in German which makes sense, as it is a german standard.)

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I remember seeing a similar question somewhere before. At the time, it did not seem entirely clear that there was a definite style required. Could you either post or link to a detailed list of requirements? –  Joseph Wright Jul 17 '11 at 20:58
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I don’t think that there exists a ready-to-use solution, but you could take biblatex’s authoryear style as a starting point, if you really have to use the DIN 1505 style. This discussion on mrunix.de might help you with the label. –  domwass Jul 18 '11 at 12:31
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@Martin, as you referred to dinat (which should not be used any more, since natdin is more up to date), I thought you wanted to have Author-Year citations. You can of course build a DIN style based upon biblatex’s numeric style. Which of biblatex‘s features do you need to use? If none, I would stick with natdin. –  domwass Jul 18 '11 at 14:35
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I'd also appreciate a ready-made biblatex style compatible with DIN 1505 - unfortunately, I couldn't find one one the Internet, so you'll have to create your own. Dominik Waßenhoven's articles (in German), especially part 2, explain how to do this. –  diabonas Jul 18 '11 at 16:50
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@Martin, true, biblatex is “the future”, but if you have to invest a lot of time to get a DIN 1505 style and if you don’t need any of the other functionalities offered by biblatex (and biber) – like true utf8 support, for instance –, then it might be worth to stick with a functioning bst and traditional BibTeX for the moment. If you do need (one of) the functionalities, you have to build your own style, as @diabonas said. –  domwass Jul 19 '11 at 9:16

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I don’t think that there is a ready-to-use solution, but you could take biblatex’s authoryear style as a starting point, if you really have to use the DIN 1505 style. This discussion on mrunix.de might help you with the label. Be aware, though, that you have to invest a lot of time to get a DIN 1505 style and if you don’t need any of the other functionalities offered by biblatex (and biber) – like true utf8 support, for instance – then it might be worth to stick with a functioning bst and traditional BibTeX for the moment. If you do need (one of) the functionalities, you have to build your own style, as @diabonas said.

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