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Old-ish IT Geezer, young at heart, memoir fanboy


Oct
11
answered TeX Live manager 2011 database corruption?
Oct
10
accepted How to get started with Bibliographies
Oct
8
accepted biblatex: Different formatting for citations v. bibliography
Oct
8
comment biblatex: Different formatting for citations v. bibliography
Thanks! +1+\checkmark. Worth another +1 for the additional advice, too.
Oct
8
asked biblatex: Different formatting for citations v. bibliography
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
I'll qualify that even further: "getting started" should only be a very small subset of the information given in those nine sections, which together are completely overpowering.
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
@Audrey: I'm sorry, but I tend to agree with Mico. The biblatex manual points me, a quavering newbie, to nine different, disjoint sections. IMO, what it needs is a chapter called "Getting Started" which takes you through those nine bits in sequence, and outside a context of reference material. That isn't a complaint; I realise that the package authors are (a) very generous with their time already and (b) probably have real lives to get on with. Maybe when I'm less of a newbiw, I'll contribute this bit of writing...
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
Thanks again, for the addendum. My Companion has a big lump on bibliographies, bibtex, etc, but it's from 1994 (1st ed). I'll give it a more concentrated read...
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
@Mico: Thanks. That was my first question to them: surely you mean small caps? 'Nooo,' was the answer, 'uppercase letters'. Why oh why is the world so full of crap?
Oct
7
revised How to get started with Bibliographies
Added note on editor usage
Oct
7
revised How to get started with Bibliographies
Exoanded on environment, added addition subquestion
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
Thanks, @Mico. I am finding the biblatex manual a bit heavy on my eyelids. I've updated the question to ask about the precise relationships between the front-ends, back-ends, and UTF8
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
@mas: That's absolutely correct, though I didn't want to bog us all down with too many detailed questions (and there are lots!) at this stage. One case, at least, requires a bastardized so-called 'Harvard' citation (parenthetical author-year) and bibliography style (with UPPERCASE NAMES, God help us), plus separate bibliography sections for {\cite}d and {\nocite}d. I think I'm going to ask everyone not to address these problems here, though, as I suspect they will be better as separate questions, later, when I'm not a complete Dummies in the subject.
Oct
7
comment How to get started with Bibliographies
@Alan: Thanks, Alan. Sorry to hear about JabRef; I took a look at it yesterday, as it happens, and absolutely hated the UI... So I guess I'd better visit it again.
Oct
7
asked How to get started with Bibliographies
Oct
3
comment How can I avoid compiling twice?
Nice, but I can't see a texify in my TexLive, which is up-to-date with everything 24 hours ago...
Oct
3
comment paragraph design and single lines
Wow, crazy prices: $122 from Amazon, £122 from Amazon UK
Sep
30
comment What does 'double spacing' mean?
The typewriters I've know (and loved) have a gearwheel on the roller with the gears at one-half line intervals (ie. 0.5\baselineskip). There's a cam, set by a lever, which positions a detent in such a way as to make the return advance the roller by two, three, or four notches, giving you single-, one-and-a-half-, or double-spacing (in typewriter-speak, of course).
Sep
29
comment How to form braces or brackets used in math formulas around nodes in a TikZ picture?
Sorry, I have to disagree that it's an exact duplicate, as the referenced question doesn't involve Tikz...
Sep
29
comment Best practices references
Hmmm, I'll take that "under advisement"