# Citing in mla style using & adjusting authortitle-ticomp (and not biblatex-mla)

## MLA without biblatex-mla

I'd like to set a document conforming to the MLA style. As I was recommended elsewhere, I don't want to do this with biblatex-mla, but instead use the more robust styles that come shipped with biblatex, in this case authortitle-ticomp.

## What I've done so far

Not striving to do a 100% complete reimplementation, I'd be quite satisfied if the inline citations would adhere as close as possible to the MLA guidelines.

I have so far done the following changes:

1. removed the pagination prefix
2. removed "ibid"
3. removed the \postnotedelim

## The problem starts here

and 3. is exactly what causes me (small) headaches: Since I redefined (or rather, deleted) \postnotedelim I have no space between the title and the page field in the citation. In subsequent citations, this is fine, as there is no space needed (see minimal example). It is no big problem to insert an extra space in the postnote before the page number, but there surely must be a way to circumvent this?

Other than that, do you have any other suggestions to adhere closer to mla style while still employing authortitle-ticomp?

## Minimal example

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[british]{babel}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=authortitle-ticomp]{biblatex}

% 1. delete pagination prefix
\DeclareFieldFormat{postnote}{#1}
% 3. delete "ibid" in subsequen quotes
\DefineBibliographyStrings{british}{%
ibidem = {{}{}}}
% 3. delete comma and space in front of pagenumber
\renewcommand*{\postnotedelim}{}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@BOOK{jmcdis,
author = {J. M. Coetzee},
title = {Disgrace},
year = {2000},
publisher = {Vintage},
location = {London}
}
\end{filecontents}

\begin{document}
"Lucy's secret; his disgrace" \autocite[109]{jmcdis}. And a subsequent
citation \autocite[110]{jmcdis}.
\end{document}
-

Instead of tinkering with the ibidem bibstring, redefine the cite:ibid bibmacro.

\documentclass{scrartcl}

\usepackage[backend=biber,style=authortitle-ticomp]{biblatex}

\DeclareFieldFormat{postnote}{#1}

\renewbibmacro*{cite:ibid}{%
%  \printtext[bibhyperref]{\bibstring[\mkibid]{ibidem}}% DELETED
\ifloccit
{\global\booltrue{cbx:loccit}}
{}}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@BOOK{jmcdis,
author = {J. M. Coetzee},
title = {Disgrace},
year = {2000},
publisher = {Vintage},
location = {London}
}
\end{filecontents}