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Re: [O] New Citation syntax on the master branch?

From: Nicolas Goaziou
Subject: Re: [O] New Citation syntax on the master branch?
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 13:02:28 +0200

Vaidheeswaran C <address@hidden> writes:

> On Sunday 10 May 2015 12:44 PM, Nicolas Goaziou wrote:
>> It will land in the trunk once a library using it for Org core is
>> implemented. I put it in a separate branch so that such a library can be
>> built, discussed and tested.
> 1. Do you, as a maintainer, have any specific plans for this library?

I'm not a maintainer. Anyway, I have no specific plan besides installing
it in core once involved parts (both developers and users in the ML)
agree on its quality and usefulness.

> 2. What conditions should such a library satisfy in order that it is
>    considered a candidate.

I don't use a reference manager myself. However, we are lucky enough to
count on users of such things on the ML. Their opinion matters.
A candidate should be useful enough to make at least a part of them
willing to use it instead of their current set-up.

> 3. Are there any contenders for this library at this moment.

There was a discussion about it a couple of months ago. IIRC, there is
a library being developed there.

> For example, is ox-jabref.el a contender for this library. If "No", on
> what counts it fails to get through the gate.

There can be more than one library: one for Jabref, one for Zotero, one
for BibTex... Different users have different needs. The question is:
which one would be included in Org core?

Ideally, org-citation (oc.el for short) could implement the UI, and
libraries talking to reference managers (e.g oc-jabref, oc-zotero,
oc-bibtex...) could be used as back-ends feeding "oc.el". In this
situation, we could include more than one back-end in core.

>From an external POV, I think "org-ref.el" pretty much defines what
features could be included in "oc.el" (though, some of them would be
back-end specific).


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