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Re: [O] Org-mode and/or org-ref citation formats

From: John Kitchin
Subject: Re: [O] Org-mode and/or org-ref citation formats
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:41:15 -0500

I don't know if it is possible to get helm-bibtex to insert links with pre/post text in a way that doesn't get in the (i.e. my) way. I never use pre/post text, so I want to select entries, and press enter to insert them. There would have to be some prompt for pre and post text I think, and I wouldn't want to press enter two more times to get empty ones.

You could write your own function for that like this:

#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp
(defun my-insert (candidate)
  (insert (format "[[cite:%s]%s]"
 (let ((pre (read-input "pre-text: "))
(post (read-input "post text: ")))
    ;; both pre and post
    ((and (not (string= pre ""))
  (not (string= post "")))
     (format "[%s::%s]" pre post))
    ;; only pre
    ((and (not (string= pre ""))
  (string= post ""))
     (format "[%s]" pre))
    ((and (not (string= post ""))
  (string= pre ""))
     (format "[::%s]" post)))))))

(helm-add-action-to-source "pre/post insert cite" 'my-insert

we already use C-u to insert a ref link, and C-u C-u to insert a label link on C-c ] (which inserts a citation).


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On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Gerald Wildgruber <address@hidden> wrote:

On Mi, Jan 04 2017, John Kitchin <address@hidden> wrote:

>> A simple link would be of the form "cite:MYREF" or "citep:MYREF"; but if
>> I want to add a page number to this reference, the syntax of the link
>> seems to be very different, like so: "[[citep:MYREF][PAGENUM]]" or
>> [[citep:MYREF][::PAGENUM]].
> That is correct. Basically it is [[cite:key][pre text::post text]]
> You can type C-c C-l, select the link type, then the bibtex key, then
> type in the description. There is no way to do it through helm-bibtex though.

Thanks! Is there a reason why refs with pre- and post-text use the
general Org-mode link syntax and insert mechanisms and not org-ref's own
more powerful format and interface (helm-bibtex); why are they handled


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