Does anyone know if a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex exists, where I simply can enter some kind of template (e.g. regular expression or whatever) and the needed commands to produce this style would be generated.

Especially for the style of entries in the reference list. Considering different orders of e.g. author, journal, year ... brackets or not, or colon, semicolon or just a dot and so on.

From what I saw on the net, LyX seems to be not compatible with biblatex.

I think this would be a helpful tool – not only for biblatex newbies.


This question seeks for:

  • Generators of BibLaTeX styles, not of BibLaTeX contents.

  • Hence only a tool whose output is a set of BibLaTeX commands to be put in a document preamble is what the answers should be about.

  • Examples of what are not the right tools (making not valid answers):

    • JabRef, BibDesk, ... (manages bibliography entries, not BibLaTeX styles)
    • makebst, custom-bib, ... (good try, but it is for BibTeX, not BibLaTeX)
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    LyX is an editor and has nothing to do with biblatex. You have to configure LyX how it should run the bibliography commands.
    – user2478
    Aug 15, 2012 at 12:06
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    I have a project in mind, but it's still a work in progress. :( Aug 15, 2012 at 12:07
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    @Audrey: I thought of providing both. :) The default would be a CLI (command-line interface), and with a special --gui flag which would trigger a UI interaction. My plan is to share these ideas with PLK, Joseph and specially you. :) Aug 15, 2012 at 14:39
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    @PauloCereda This would be very nice, feel free to ask for any help you need.
    – PLK
    Aug 15, 2012 at 18:54
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    A good inspiration can (perhaps) be found in the visual CSL editor: csleditor.quist.de/csleditor/show/1/example-citation-style Dec 10, 2012 at 21:07

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Perhaps a better solution would be an editor that would let you drag and drop example field values from an (extensible) list of fieldnames into a template for each type of document (book, article, report, incollection, etc), in the order you want them to appear. Add any punctuation, and then make the relevant bits italic or bold etc, and use that as the template to generate the biblatex style.

This would make a nice little web/css/xml/js project, tied to a server-side TeX installation which would display the worked examples as they are composed.

AFAIK, the strict answer to the OP's question is "No".

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    Thay's why there are no answers :)
    – percusse
    Jul 5, 2013 at 23:23
  • Thanks for the inspired conversations, I might have to wait for a bit as it seems
    – wierts
    Jul 18, 2013 at 22:21

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