Some time ago, David Purton (@DavidPurton) kindly devised a set of commands --- \edcite{}, \edvolcite{}[]{}, \transcite{}, etc. --- for referencing just the editor or translator and publication information of an edition of an ancient or medieval primary text.

My question today involves the same MWE as before: is there a simple way to get \edcite{} and its siblings to conform to the short option in the command \usepackage[notes, short]{biblatex-chicago}?

In my original question, I had asked for a command that would print the editor's full name and the book's publication information (address: publisher, date) the first time an edition was referenced and then a short version (just editor's name) on subsequent citations.

What I would like it to do when the short option is activated is to use the short version (just editor's name) already the first time the edition is cited.

  • Should the first citation be the editor's full name or just family name? Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 23:02
  • Just family name. Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 3:08

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To skip straight to the short form, you can test if either the citation has already been seen or the toggle cms@allshort (which is set by the short package option) is set to true.

Change the edcite macro to:

    test {\ifciteibid}
    not test {\iffirstonpage}
      test {\ifciteseen}
      togl {cms@allshort}
  • Wonderful, thank you! It's great to have this keyed to the short option. Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 3:32

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