Changing from bibtex to biblatex

Rich Shepard rshepard at
Fri Sep 18 12:36:53 UTC 2020

On Fri, 18 Sep 2020, Jürgen Spitzmüller wrote:

> Biblatex has many fields that BibTeX typically doesn't have, and some
> fileds have a different syntax. E.g., address takes and "and"-separated
> list (Berlin and New York and Boston). However, Biblatex can deal with all
> BibTeX fields and handle "classic" input.


I noticed the extensive fields in the biblatex doc. My experiences with
references has limited multiple names to authors and editors. I've always
used 'and' between them which is why I was puzzled that JabRef's integrity
check displayed semi-colons in that field.

> Biblatex expects normal dash {260-269}, which will be automatically
> transfered to en-dash (or whatever the style wants) in output. {260--269}
> in input works as well, but this won't be tranferred if the style requires
> a different separator.

Okay. I've always used the double hyphen to tell LaTeX it should be an
en-dash. Apparently JabRef was confused with this. Shrug. I won't let this
application do an integrity check; if I see something wrong with how a
reference is listed I'll fix it then.

Thanks very much for the lesson.

Stay well and carpe weekend,


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