[NTG-context] Bibliographies in mkiv - announcement and WARNING!

Robert Blackstone blackstone.robert at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 09:50:23 CET 2015

On 9 Mar 2015, at 21:28 , Alan BRASLAU <alan.braslau at cea.fr>


> We introduced into the core of MKIV a dataset subsystem, not
> necessarily limited to the generation of bibliographic lists. This new
> subsystem has been part of the distribution for some time and an early
> first draft of its documentation had been made available.
> After putting the new system to heavy use in a real,
> bibliographic-intensive book project, and after much fighting
> back-and-forth over specifications and design choices, the upcoming
> beta standalone distribution will finally contain this completely
> revamped subsystem. 
> Hans and Alan (also with the help of Thomas and Luigi).
Hi Alan and Hans,
Maybe it is a bit early to ask questions already about this new bibliography tool. But it really interests me and I do need it.

First of all, I compiled the ME and added a number of my own .bib entries and they all came out well. It looks as if I can just continue use my existing BibTex database in the new system and continue using BibDesk for new items, which is a very good thing. No need to generate .bbl’s separately. (Though I hope that ConTeXt will keep the possibility to process .bbl’s as before.)

My questions are:
1 The ME contains no setup, no indication of a particular Bibliography style. What comes out in the ME looks like apa. Are there style files connected with this system? If so are they accessible for tweaking (I need some rather uncommon Bibliography style, sort of apa-like but different in many details)?
2 The \cite-command turns out just some number in square brackets, no info on what is cited. Is that a bug?
3 In the old system I used \dcite[key] for footnotes but \dcite is not recognized now. Is there another way?

Best regards,
Robert Blackstone

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