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Re: [Orgmode] Exporting for word processors

From: Matthew Lundin
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Exporting for word processors
Date: Sat, 09 May 2009 10:48:08 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.92 (gnu/linux)

Hi Sebastian,

Sebastian Titz <address@hidden> writes:

> Matthew Lundin <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I am in the same position --- i.e., I use emacs/auctex/org-mode/biblatex
>> in a field in which MS Word is the default option. Many of the things I
>> write have to be converted to doc format at some point.

> could you elaborate on how you use biblatex with org-mode and auctex,
> since auctex doesn't support biblatex?

I'll try to keep this brief, since I don't want to talk too much about
AUCTeX in the org-mode forum. 

I've found that AUCTeX and RefTeX work very well with biblatex, since
all biblatex requires is to run latex, then bibtex, then latex again.

I use the Chicago Manual of Style biblatex package:


To make this work with AUCTeX, I've created a custom reftex-cite-format
for the citation types I use most often:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq reftex-cite-format
        (?c . "\\cite[]{%l}")
        (?C . "\\cites[]{%l}")
        (?t . "\\citetitle[]{%l}")
        (?T . "\\citetitles[]{%l}")
        (?a . "\\autocite[]{%l}")
        (?A . "\\autocites[]{%l}")
        (?h . "\\headlessfullcite[]{%l}")
        (?x . "[]{%l}")
        (?X . "{%l}")

(setq reftex-cite-prompt-optional-args t)
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

I've also set the following variable to get the appropriate faces:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq font-latex-match-reference-keywords
      '(("cites" "[{") 
        ("autocite" "[{") 
        ("autocites" "[{") 
        ("citetitle" "[{") 
        ("citetitles" "[{") 
        ("headlessfullcite" "[{")))
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

Finally, I've had to hack at a couple of reftex functions to change the
regular expressions that are used to identify citation macros for:

   1) jumping to the matching entry in the bib file

   2) generating a bib file from a tex file

        - This is necessary because the current regexps don't recognize
          the plural citation macros (e.g. \cites, \autocites, etc.).

Unfortunately, these regexps are hardcoded into reftex, so I have to
load the rewritten functions via a reftex-mode-hook. And since Carsten
is no longer the maintainer of RefTeX, it's not quite as easy to get a
customize option for a RefTeX regexp as it is to get one in org-mode. :)

The whole setup is by no means perfect, but it works fine for me.

Now, for the org-mode part of the post. I generally use org-mode for
drafting and AUCTeX for revising/polishing and adding formal citations.

If I plan exporting something quickly from org-mode, I use the following
function for a quick and dirty way to get citation info from my bib
files into my org-mode files. (And, of course, I make heavy use of
org-mode's wonderful footnote features.)

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(defun my-reftex-citations ()
  (let ((reftex-cite-format 
           (?f . "%a. %t. %j, %v, %b. %r: %u, %y. %p.\n")
           (?F . "<<%l>>\n\n%a. %t. %j, %v, %b. %r: %u, %y. %p.\n") 
           (?s . "%a, %t, %y\n") 
           (?c . "\\cite[]{%l}"
           (?l . "[[%l]]\n")
           (?L . "%a, %t, %y. [[%l]]\n"))))

(define-key text-mode-map (kbd "C-c y") 'my-reftex-citations)
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

If I wanted to export for biblatex directly from org-mode (which I
haven't tried yet), I think I would ignore most of the special
biblatex/Chicago macros and just use the \cite macro inside of footnotes
to make conversion/export to other formats a bit easier.

Hope this helps.


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