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Multiple sources, btxFAQ, Latex Book and btxdoc.pdf , state that usage of three letter month macro is recommended format to input months. E.g. month = nov, is recommended.

Other sources like Wikibook uses plain string month = "November", and Tame the BeaST mentions all three: abbreviated macros, strings and integers: month = 11, or month = 11,.

Why should I use something else then three letter macros? Is there any sane use cases for integers or strings? As far as I understand using anything else than macros will cause problems with non-english languages, so why those sources are advocating format which will cause problems later. Are they giving bad advice for newcomers?

Note: I had to break links because link limit.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! It would be best if you describe your situation with some code (MWE). – TeXnician Apr 12 '17 at 12:03
  • With biblatex you should use integers (and at best the date field and not month). (You are saying biblatex in the title of your question!). – Ulrike Fischer Apr 12 '17 at 12:12
  • @UlrikeFischer Fixed title – jikuja Apr 12 '17 at 14:20
  • You ask, "Why should I use something else then three letter macros?" Maybe because a person might obtain a lot of bib entries from Zotero, ScienceDirect, and other online source and because the entries provided by these sites feature fields formatted as month = "November" instead of month = nov? – Mico Apr 12 '17 at 14:55

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