When I have Umlauts in my BibTex file then I learned that it should be inserted as
The problem with this approach is, that inside the JabRef preview or when I export the database to e.g. html, it is still displayed as LaTeX code and not as
Höckel. The same happens, when you have hyphenated names like
I could insert the Umlauts directly, but I'm not sure whether the encoding of the file is important and whether the BibTeX file encoding has to match the encoding of my LaTeX document. My German document is currently encoded with UTF8 since this seems to work in both, my Linux and my OSX setting.
Question: Is there an overall approach, where I can have a working BibTex file which is displayed with Umlauts and correct hyphens in JabRef? Especially, is encoding important and which should I use?