I'm a law student in Switzerland and I discovered about a week the beauty of LaTeX after having a big fight with MSWord (over pretty much everything).
I got around the basics (paper and text formatting, inserting a citation, creating a bibliography, etc.) but now I am stuck with THE major problem why I abandoned MSWord to LaTeX: bibliography and citation styles.
I am using TeXShop and MacTeX on Mac for the typesetting, as well as JabRef to organise my bibliography.
In Switzerland, if you want to write a legal document (article, book, essay for university), you need to obey certain rules concerning bibliography and indexes, as well as the citation formats. They do not correspond to any of the classical styles available around the world (e.g. APA, MLA, IEEE).
I found an interesting package on CTAN (
biblatex-swiss-legal, accessible here) that would have allowed me to avoid ask this question here. Unfortunately, the package hasn't been updated since
biblatex's last update (at least 2014), especially concerning the
namelabel parameters. I was successful in fixing most of the bugs, but a few are too tough for a newbie TeX user to handle.
I therefore decided to create my own bibliography and citation style, ex nihilo, from scratch.
My questions are mainly concerning the general aspects of creating a bibliography and citation style, I'll find the specific commands afterwards on the different forums:
- Is there any way to avoid using
natbib& co. while writing that .bst/.cst-file?
- What is the utility of
biberin this context?
makebstran on Terminal really useful, or can I just encode the styles directly as a UTF-8 file?
- What are the basic essentials I need to include in the document?
I know that wanting to create a personal bibliography and citation style without that much of an experience on TeX may seem crazy (and/or naive), but the original motive for which to change to LaTeX is precisely these characteristics of a scientific paper: uniform bibliographic and citing styles. I'm willing to spend a great deal of time to get this done when I'll start university in September. And as the French saying claims: «c'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron» (practise makes perfect)!