Between the three bibliography-setting commands of Context mkiv, what is the hierarchy?


If the only thing I need is chicago, and use \usebtxdefinitions[chicago], I get a blank bibliography with <article> instead of the citation, although chicago is mentioned among the basic styles. So I use it as written and it works OK, but I just want to understand the logic.

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There is no chicago style yet. The only available styles are apa and aps and there is an experimental ieee style by Aditya. If you read the documentation carefully you'll find (emphasis mine):

Alternatives to specification=apa might be mla, chicago, harvard, ieee, aps (commonly used in the physical sciences), vancouver (used in the biological sciences), or many others.

You can also see it from the definition of \setupbtx that there only exist default, apa, and aps. The all caps NAME is only a placeholder for any other user-defined instance.

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Also, don't be fooled by the names apa and aps. Even though there are proper specifications for an APA and an APS style out there, apa is only a generic author-year style and aps a generic numbered style, which are loosely based on the actual specifications.

  • I have noticed apa and aps do all I want, actually. So if there is no chicago style for the time being, the package works well anyway (I use ConTeXtstandalone), so I will manage. :) \footnote{\cite[entry][key]} actually does miracles, this function is really important. Feb 13, 2019 at 17:09
  • @DmitryStarostin, what "miracle" does \footnote{\cite[entry][key] do? (I still don't get the [key] part.) By the way, the chicago style is available now.
    – user574859
    Dec 17, 2021 at 19:37

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