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Re: [wip-cite-new] Adjust punctuation around citations

From: Denis Maier
Subject: Re: [wip-cite-new] Adjust punctuation around citations
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2021 23:54:00 +0200

Am 12.06.2021 um 11:39 schrieb Nicolas Goaziou:

Denis Maier <denismaier@mailbox.org> writes:

Yes, good this is coming.

As a step forward, I rebased wip-cite-new branch with more support for
note numbers handling.

I added three customizable variables:

- org-cite-adjust-note-numbers, which simply allows the user to toggle
   punctuation and note number moving (on by default).

- org-cite-note-rules, which defines what rules to apply according to
   locale, expressed as a language tag, as in RFC 4646.

- org-cite-punctuation-marks, which lists strings recognized as
   punctuation in the process.

`csl' and `basic' processors now both make use of this.

I'd appreciate some feedback, in particular about the docstrings of the
variables above. I focused on the "note numbers" topic instead of
"punctuation" since I found the latter too generic.

Also, there are some points that may need to be discussed:

- I'm not sure about the `org-cite-punctuation-marks' variable being
   global, i.e., not locale-specific.

- There is no support for this in LaTeX-derived back-ends, because
   I don't know when a citation is going to become a footnote. As
   a reminder, there is no "\footcite" command in `biblatex' processor.
   OTOH, users might prefer using a more advanced mechanism, e.g.,

- It doesn't do anything special in quote blocks, because I'm still not
   sure there is something to do. AFAIU, special casing there only
   applies to author-date location, which out of the scope of this code.


Ok, I've managed to test this a bit, and I think this looks pretty good so far.

The only question I'd still have is if this could somehow also cover the reverse situation (going from a note style to author-date). I've noticed that simply adding a new language rule doesn't work anymore---as opposed to my initial tests with earlier iterations of that mechanism. Seems like this mechanism is now only triggered when using a note based style.



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