[uf-discuss] Easy book citations

Fred Stutzman fred at metalab.unc.edu
Sun Jul 30 07:59:23 PDT 2006

I think microformat citations are a great idea.  The good news is the hard 
work has already been done for us.

The .bib citation format is a flexible, open, and widely used bibliographic 
format.  It is the LaTeX reference managaer, but it is widely used and 
adopted by many reference-management applications (Including the glorious 
Bibdesk, Refworks) and software applications (OpenOffice, LaTeX, Word?).

I believe our task could be as simple as microformatting the bib format. 
We'd have guaranteed interoperability, and we'd be leveraging the hard work 
of many before us in defining the namespace.

I would warn us away from attempting to change the namespace. 
Bibliographic citation formats need loose flexibility to interoperate with 
the many types of citation managers out there, and bib has done a good job 
with this so far.  There is a draft DC standard on .bib as well.

Here's a primer on .bib and bibtex, from wikipedia:


I would be willing to offer assistance in making this a reality.  If we are 
going to take up citations, I strongly urge us to go the .bib route.


On Sun, 30 Jul 2006, Breton Slivka wrote:

> Lead by example. If you can get some use out of authoring your own xhtml 
> semantics, do it!
> Document your process, add it to the appropriate wiki pages. The citation 
> format suffers so much from rhetorical discussion, that I think an account of 
> actual experience in implementation would do nothing but help push the 
> process further towards something useful.
> The citation microformat is one cowpath that has not quite yet been paved, it 
> would seem.
> On Jul 30, 2006, at 2:53 AM, Simon Cozens wrote:
>> f the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong.
>> 		-- Norm Schryer
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Fred Stutzman
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