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How can I set biblatex to insert "1. " before first bibliography item and so on? The bibliography is sorted by author and the numbers are not meant to be used anywhere else.

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Try \usepackage[bibstyle=numeric,citestyle=authoryear-ibid,sorting=nyt]{biblatex}. – lockstep Jul 30 '11 at 19:08
It works (only comsetical differences, [1] instead of 1.). Is bibstyle=numeric different form bibstyle=standard in any other way too? – Andres Jul 30 '11 at 19:12
It sorts by (author) name - title - year (which may be corrected with sorting=nyt, see edited comment) and doesn't display the year immediately after the author. – lockstep Jul 30 '11 at 19:14

Biblatex manual section 3.5.7 actually has a solution for this, I must have missed it the previous time. Changed \list to \enumerate:

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