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Re: [wip-cite-new] Quick note about citation insertion

From: Bruce D'Arcus
Subject: Re: [wip-cite-new] Quick note about citation insertion
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2021 11:09:09 -0400

On Sat, Jul 3, 2021 at 10:58 AM Eric S Fraga <e.fraga@ucl.ac.uk> wrote:

> > Anyway, I'll try to provide something a little more useful out of the
> > box, based on your comment and Bruce D'Arcus suggestion.
> But that's partly why I mentioned ivy-bibtex: solutions already exist
> and there should be no need to re-invent the wheel?

I kind of disagree.

There's a middle ground between super minimal and fully-featured that
I think is appropriate for oc-basic.

Nicolas is doing things with even the basic insert function that are
not possible with the existing tools currently, in part as a
demonstration of the possibilities, and also just to provide a decent
default experience.

But as I said to him off-list, if he simply changes his completion
table from being a list of keys, to a list of cons like I mentioned,
and maybe even makes the table a variable, then third-party tools can
do one of two things:

1. if the variable, simply plug-in their own completion table, and so
get a richer UI (this is the case with bibtex-actions, which has the
same data structure)
2. the code itself can be a demo that can be easily adapted; in my
case, I can pretty much copy-and-paste it and just change the "all"
let variables

Practically speaking, the ivy-bibtex "insert citation" action, which
uses the bibtex-completion-insert-citation function behind-the-scenes,
can then be enhanced such that it is more fully-featured in the
context of org than it is in other modes, and that it is now.

So enhancing this a little bit will have both short-term and long-term
pay-off, both for default citations in org, and for third-party tools.


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