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I have a biblatex entry with eventdate defined as:

eventdate = {2012-09-01/2012-09-04}

Using the apa style, which does not have definitions for a date range, \printeventdate results in

September 1, 2012– 4

How do I format it such that it produces:

1-4 September, 2012


eventdate = {2012-09-01/2012-09-04}


28 September, 2012 - 3 October, 2012


eventdate = {2012-09-28/2012-10-03}


In another words, the day and month need to be reversed, and it needs to decide whether the month and year are both the same, if so compress the day field such that eventday-eventendday eventmonth, eventyear. Otherwise use eventday eventmonth, eventyear-eventendday eventendmonth, eventendyear.


%Add eventdate


  author = {Anon, A. N.},
  title = {A very interesting paper},
  booktitle = {Proc. {UKACC} International Conference on Control},
  date = {2010-09},
  eventdate = {2010-09-07/2010-09-10},
  venue = {Coventry},
  pages = {1--3}






Anon, A. N. (2010, September). A very interesting paper. In Proc. UKACC international conference on control, September 7, 2010– 10 (pp. 1–3). Coventry.

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Sorry it seems that asserting the default permeable option of eventdate=comp to biblatex fixes the problem. I don't know why since that should be the default! – Mobius Pizza Dec 18 '12 at 14:56
biblatex-apa applies the custom apalong format to all dates. Default style settings in the biblatex manual generally don't carry over to style packages. For a question like this one it is important to create a MWE using the style and language in your actual document. – Audrey Dec 18 '12 at 15:22
I see, the MWE does include the babel and declarelanguagemapping commands to illustrate the problem. In anycase since eventdate=comp fixes the above, this question can be closed. – Mobius Pizza Dec 18 '12 at 15:30
I have also noticed biblatex-apa incorrectly handles booktitle by preceeding with "In" and eventdate field for inproceedings in terms of both the bug mentioned in the question here and that it is not printed. I have email these concerns to the maintainer. – Mobius Pizza Dec 18 '12 at 16:31