# Does biblatex-chicago not support editortype “reviser”?

biblatex allows for the specification of multiple editorial roles through the availability of multiple editor keys editor, editora, editorb, coupled with editorial role values translator, collaborator, reviser, etc. linked to a series of editorial role keys editortype, editoratype, editorbtype.

I use biblatex-chicago (notes). Consider the following MWE:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{xltxtra}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\usepackage{etex}
\usepackage{keyval}
\usepackage{ifthen}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage[style=american]{csquotes}
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\usepackage{verbatim}
\usepackage[notes]{biblatex-chicago}

\setdefaultlanguage{english}
\setmainfont[Ligatures=TeX]{Brill}

\begin{document}

I cite.\autocite[55]{nec62lie}

\end{document}


And couple this with the following bibliography:

@book{nec62lie,
editor = {Neckel, Gustav},
editora = {Kuhn, Hans},
editoratype = {reviser},
title = {Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern},
shorttitle = {Codex Regius},
edition = {3},
location = {Heidelberg},
publisher = {Winter},
year = {1962},
keywords = {primary}
}


I expect this to work. However, the output is

1. Gustav Neckel, ed., Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern, 3rd ed., cbyreviserHans Kuhn (Heidelberg: Winter, 1962), 55.

If I change the value of editoratype from reviser to collaborator, it works beautifully. And yes, I have tried whether biblatex-chicago prefers the spelling "revisor".

Does biblatex-chicago not support the role reviser? What can I do to make this work?

• biblatex-chicago by default does not define cbyreviser. So we have to provide that string. What would you like it to say? Try \DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{cbyreviser = {whatevergoeshere},} (\DefineBibliographyStrings{german}{cbyreviser = {whatevergoeshere},} for German etc.) in the preamble. – moewe Mar 10 '14 at 20:40
• Thanks! However, this solution yields the following error: Package xkeyval Error: cbyreviser' undefined in families blx@lbx'. and my output accordingly remains the same. What am I missing? – Paul Langeslag Mar 10 '14 at 21:15
• Ah got it, I had to \NewBibliographyString{cbyreviser} first. Would you like to upgrade your comment to an answer? It's fixed my problem after all. – Paul Langeslag Mar 10 '14 at 21:45

When we use editoratype = {reviser} biblatex-chicago tries to print the undefined bibstring cbyreviser.

So all we have to do is to create the bibstring cbyreviser.

\NewBibliographyString{cbyreviser}


and populate it with appropriate text

\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{
}


As a general rule of thumb: If one gets bold output* and a warning similar to

Package biblatex Warning: Bibliography string 'cbyreviser' undefined
(biblatex)                at entry 'nec62lie' on input line 35.


the problem lies with biblatex trying to print a bibstring that is not defined; in that case declaring the string and defining it as above is a good way to start tackling the problem.

MWE

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{xltxtra}
\usepackage[style=american]{csquotes}
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setdefaultlanguage{english}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\usepackage[notes]{biblatex-chicago}

\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book{nec62lie,
editor = {Neckel, Gustav},
editora = {Kuhn, Hans},
editoratype = {reviser},
title = {Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern},
shorttitle = {Codex Regius},
edition = {3},
location = {Heidelberg},
publisher = {Winter},
year = {1962},
keywords = {primary}
}
\end{filecontents*}


* With biblatex bold output is hardly ever a good sign, it almost always means something or other went wrong.