On 21/02/13 18:01, you wrote:
Forget about built-in bibliography feature. It is useless. Even MS
Word bibliography feature, far more sophisticated than Writer's one,
is considered unusable by academic writers that I know.
First of all, it is not useless, I am using it.
Secondly, if LibreOffice has a facility it should work and well.
I am trying to understand better the behaviour of the bibliography
feature so that I can use it more efficiently, submit some sensible bug
reports to try to help the developers to improve it or both.
So if anyone has information about the internals of this facility, could
they please explain the behaviour:
In the bibliography index/table it is necessary to have a “Type”
allocated to each entry in order that the correct format can be
applied for the entry in the bibliography. For example a book
entry would have different items in it from a Book excerpt or a
Journal entry. There is a “Type” field in the bibliography database
but entering anything in this field, either in the external
database or via Tools > Bibliography Database has no effect on the
entry format. Also, in the form opened by Tools > Bibliography
Database there is no entry box after “Type”.
It seems that the only way to enter a Type is to go to a reference
to the item in the document text, right click on it, click on
Bibliography Entry, an Edit Bibliography Entry dialogue comes up,
click on Edit and a Define Bibliography Entry dialogue come up in
which the Type can be selected from a drop down list. Click OK and
click modify. If you have changed anything it asks if you want to
alter the existing record.
Can anyone explain this behaviour? In particular, where is this
latter Type data stored? Why can’t the Type data in the database be
used for this purpose?
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