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Re: address@hidden: bibtex-generate-url-list enhancement]

From: Roland Winkler
Subject: Re: address@hidden: bibtex-generate-url-list enhancement]
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:24:12 +0200

> Maybe the following enhanced definition can be put into emacs'
> bibtex.el:
> ,----
> |       bibtex-generate-url-list '((("doi" . "")
> |                                   "http://dx.doi.org/";
> |                                   ("doi" ".*" 0))
> |                                  (("url" . ".*:.*"))
> |                                  (("journal" . 
> "\\<\\(PR[ABCDEL]?\\|RMP\\)\\>")
> |                                   "http://link.aps.org/abstract/";
> |                                   ("journal" ".*" downcase)
> |                                   "/v" ("volume" ".*" 0)
> |                                   "/p" ("pages" "\\`\\([0-9]+\\)" 1))
> |                                  (("journal" . 
> "\\<\\(APL\\|JAP\\|JCP\\|JMP\\|JPCRD\\|RSI\\)\\>")
> |                                   "http://link.aip.org/link/?";
> |                                   ("journal" ".*" upcase)
> |                                   "/" ("volume" ".*" 0)
> |                                   "/" ("pages" "\\`\\([0-9]+\\)" 1)
> |                                   "/" "1"))
> `----
> It adds support for journal from one additional publisher (AIP) and
> also the more general case of using a DOI [1], which are really what
> should be used today in a database to refer to online content.
> It would also be nice to have DOI in bibtex-entry-field-alist (as
> optional entry for all entry types) and to have the field buttonized
> if available (just like url or journal (if prl/jcp/or such).

Hi Jochen

Thanks a lot for these suggestions. However, I hesitate to put these
changes into bibtex.el. It appears to me that the above value for
bibtex-generate-url-list reflect your personal preferences so that
they should go into the personal .emacs:

- The default values for user variables in bibtex.el reflect the
  usage of BibTeX as a bibliography database for LaTeX documents. To
  the best of my knowledge, neither URLs nor DOIs are required for
  LaTeX documents.

  The default value for bibtex-generate-url-list is an example for
  how to use this variable.

- The buttons for URLs in BibTeX files are inserted via font-lock.
  The algorithm is fairly complicated. I expect that a long list of
  schemes in bibtex-generate-url-list can make font-locking rather
  slow if one has a slow computer and/or a large BibTeX file.
  (Comments welcome! I can't check that on my computer, it's pretty

  On the other hand, the algorithm is fully customizable. If the
  journals you work with support DOIs, you can add a DOI field to
  bibtex-user-optional-fields. And the above value for
  bibtex-generate-url-list will generate buttons for these fields.

  Let me know if there is anything that cannot be done by
  appropriate values for bibtex-user-optional-fields and

- It seems to me that your choice of journals from AIP reflects your
  personal preferences. See http://link.aip.org/jhtml/rre_list.jsp
  for a more complete list of AIP journals. However, this rather
  long list of journal names would make font-locking even slower.
  (The British IOP and the European EPS use similar schemes for
  their journals.)

  In my .emacs, I have pretty much the same value for
  bibtex-generate-url-list you suggest. (I expect that you are a
  physicist like me. You are interested in the same journals.)


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