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I'm using LuaLaTeX with the biblatex-mla style for \autocites* quotes in my text. But before shorttitles like "OED" the spaces are missing. How can they be inserted? Here is a minimal working example:

\documentclass{minimal}
\usepackage[
  backend=biber,
  style=mla
]{biblatex}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}

@BOOK{Delbridge1992,
  title = {The Macquarie Dictionary},
  shorttitle = {MD},
  publisher = {Macquarie Library},
  year = {1992},
  editor = {Arthur Delbridge}
}

@BOOK{Simpson1989,
  title = {The Oxford English Dictionary},
  shorttitle = {OED},
  publisher = {Oxford UP},
  year = {1989},
  editor = {J. A. Simpson and E. S. C. Weiner},
  address = {Oxford}
}

\end{filecontents}

\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}

\begin{document}
Looks like: \autocites*[cf.][]{Delbridge1992}[]{Simpson1989} % [cf. ] or [cf.\ ] won't work either

But should look like: (cf.\,\emph{MD},\,\emph{OED})

\end{document}
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

In mla.cbx, the short titles are set by cite:mla:title:alone. This bibliography macro begins with \unspace. Removing that command appears to fix the problem.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[american]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\usepackage[style=mla]{biblatex}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\renewbibmacro*{cite:mla:title:alone}{%
  \printtext[bibhyperref]{%
  \printfield[citetitle:\strfield{entrytype}]{labeltitle}}%
  \ifthenelse{\iffieldequalstr{entrytype}{suppbook}\and\iffieldundef{title}}%
    {\printtext[bibhyperref]{%
      \printfield[mla:capital]{entrysubtype}}}%
    {}}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@BOOK{Delbridge1992,
  title = {The Macquarie Dictionary},
  shorttitle = {MD},
  publisher = {Macquarie Library},
  year = {1992},
  editor = {Arthur Delbridge}}
@BOOK{Simpson1989,
  title = {The Oxford English Dictionary},
  shorttitle = {OED},
  publisher = {Oxford UP},
  year = {1989},
  editor = {J. A. Simpson and E. S. C. Weiner},
  address = {Oxford}}
\end{filecontents}

\bibliography{\jobname}
\begin{document}
\autocites*[cf.][]{Delbridge1992}{Simpson1989}
\end{document}

Other spacing issues are relatively difficult to fix. Until biblatex-mla gets updated they might be better handled by using hyperref and biblatex 1.0.

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