# Make specific author bold using biblatex

I am writing my CV in LaTeX. I am using biblatex and want my name (and only my name) to be bold for every reference. Is there a magic way to do this?

A similar question Make one author's name bold every time it shows up in the bibliography was asked, but that answer used BibTeX. While I use the BibTeX backend, I use biblatex.

Any suggestions?

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See: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/44200/… -- Of course this only one suggestion. You can also use DeclareSourcemap-- see for example here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/62779/… –  Marco Daniel Sep 19 '12 at 5:09
For my own CV, I use \mkbibbold. So the author field looks like this: author={A. Lastname, \mkbibbold{Your name}, A. Lastname} You should use biber though. –  rowman Sep 19 '12 at 19:10

You can patch the name:last, name:first-last and name:last-first macros defined in biblatex.def. These are used by all of the default name formatting directives and take four arguments:

{<last name>}{<first name>}{<name prefix>}{<name affix>}


or

{<last name>}{<first name (initials)>}{<name prefix>}{<name affix>}


In the following we match only on the first and last name parts.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}
\usepackage{xpatch}% or use http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/40705

\newbibmacro*{name:bold}[2]{%
\def\do##1{\ifstrequal{#1, #2}{##1}{\bfseries\listbreak}{}}%
\dolistloop{\boldnames}}
\newcommand*{\boldnames}{}

\xpretobibmacro{name:last}{\begingroup\usebibmacro{name:bold}{#1}{#2}}{}{}
\xpretobibmacro{name:first-last}{\begingroup\usebibmacro{name:bold}{#1}{#2}}{}{}
\xpretobibmacro{name:last-first}{\begingroup\usebibmacro{name:bold}{#1}{#2}}{}{}
\xpretobibmacro{name:delim}{\begingroup\normalfont}{}{}

\xapptobibmacro{name:last}{\endgroup}{}{}
\xapptobibmacro{name:first-last}{\endgroup}{}{}
\xapptobibmacro{name:last-first}{\endgroup}{}{}
\xapptobibmacro{name:delim}{\endgroup}{}{}

% just for demonstration
\ExecuteBibliographyOptions{maxnames=99,firstinits}
\DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first/first-last}

{{Herrmann, Wolfgang~A.}, {Herrmann, W.~A.}, {Herrmann, Wolfgang\bibnamedelima A.},
{Herrmann, W\bibinitperiod\bibinitdelim A\bibinitperiod}}

\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip}
\begin{document}
\fullcite{herrmann}

{{{\"O}fele, Karl}, {{\"O}fele, K.}, {{\"O}fele, K\bibinitperiod}}
\fullcite{herrmann}

\renewcommand*{\boldnames}{}
{{Hoffmann, Stephan~D.}, {Hoffmann, S.~D.}, {Hoffmann, Stephan\bibnamedelima D.},
{Hoffmann, S\bibinitperiod\bibinitdelim D\bibinitperiod}}
\fullcite{herrmann}
\end{document}


Note that the name parts in the \boldnames etoolbox internal list should follow the format of the bbl file, which is backend-dependent. The example here covers both biber and BibTeX. With biber you can also perform matching using the hash field:

\iffieldequalstr{hash}{<hash string>}


where <hash string> can also be found in the bbl file.

If your name is consistently formatted in the bib file an alternative approach is to normalize name punctuation before matching. This example allows you to specify your name in BibTeX's format regardless of the backend.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}
\usepackage{xpatch}% or use http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/40705

\def\makenamesetup{%
\def\bibnamedelima{~}%
\def\bibnamedelimb{ }%
\def\bibnamedelimc{ }%
\def\bibnamedelimd{ }%
\def\bibnamedelimi{ }%
\def\bibinitperiod{.}%
\def\bibinitdelim{~}%
\def\bibinithyphendelim{.-}}
\newcommand*{\makename}[3]{\begingroup\makenamesetup\xdef#1{#2, #3}\endgroup}

\newbibmacro*{name:bold}[2]{%
\makename{\currname}{#1}{#2}%
\makename{\findname}{\lastname}{\firstname}%
\makename{\findinit}{\lastname}{\firstinit}%
\ifboolexpr{ test {\ifdefequal{\currname}{\findname}}
or test {\ifdefequal{\currname}{\findinit}} }{\bfseries}{}}

\newcommand*{\boldname}[3]{%
\def\lastname{#1}%
\def\firstname{#2}%
\def\firstinit{#3}}
\boldname{}{}{}

\xpretobibmacro{name:last}{\begingroup\usebibmacro{name:bold}{#1}{#2}}{}{}
\xpretobibmacro{name:first-last}{\begingroup\usebibmacro{name:bold}{#1}{#2}}{}{}
\xpretobibmacro{name:last-first}{\begingroup\usebibmacro{name:bold}{#1}{#2}}{}{}
\xpretobibmacro{name:delim}{\begingroup\normalfont}{}{}

\xapptobibmacro{name:last}{\endgroup}{}{}
\xapptobibmacro{name:first-last}{\endgroup}{}{}
\xapptobibmacro{name:last-first}{\endgroup}{}{}
\xapptobibmacro{name:delim}{\endgroup}{}{}

% just for demonstration
\ExecuteBibliographyOptions{maxnames=99,firstinits}
\DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first/first-last}

\boldname{Herrmann}{Wolfgang~A.}{W.~A.}

\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip}
\begin{document}
\fullcite{herrmann}

\boldname{{\"O}fele}{Karl}{K.}
\fullcite{herrmann}

\boldname{Hoffmann}{Stephan~D.}{S.~D.}
\fullcite{herrmann}
\end{document}


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So this answer looks good (I haven't tried it yet, but I will). But now I have changed to using the biber backend. Will this make it easier? –  Jeremy Sep 19 '12 at 21:39
@Jeremy Not really. You can do pattern matching with biber via \DeclareSourceMap, but it's the processed data that really matters - initials, location in the name list, etc. Biber also creates a hash string to identify each name, but its value isn't very meaningful. –  Audrey Sep 20 '12 at 13:52
I'm sorry but this totally confuses me, possibly related to the fact that it just doesn't work for me. :( In your example you say that I can do the search via the hash string, but it's not clear where and how. Then in this last comment you state that it's not very meaningful. What do you mean by that? Just that it's abstract, but your suggestion should still be safe? –  K.-Michael Aye Nov 24 '12 at 4:34
@K.-MichaelAye Yes, it provides a quick method for identifying a name but the identifier carries no meaning to us. In the above example \newbibmacro*{name:bold}[2]{\iffieldequalstr{hash}{aa1a2c66bf52b23789b077a79ac3‌​‌​4863}{\bfseries}{}} would bold the first author's name. I pulled this hash string from the bbl file. –  Audrey Nov 25 '12 at 22:30
Thanks. BTW, the first method works now. For the hashstring method I found it as well in the bbl file, but isn't the loop over the boldnames csvlist obsolete in that case? –  K.-Michael Aye Nov 26 '12 at 2:23
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