Re: diacritics

From: MacKenzie Smith <kenzie_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 16:50:59 -0500

Hello Marlène,

I completely understand your frustration with the poor support for
diacritics, etc., in this process. But the source of the problem is
really with the poor data transfer standard (i.e. bibtex) and with the
RefWorks export options. RefWorks only supports bibtex or its own,
proprietary export formats, so we can only offer to support bibtex. And
as you say, bibtex doesn't work very well for non-English data. To fix
the data you don't have to use tools like "recode", you could edit your
bibliography by hand before you upload it to Citeline, but I realize
that would be a lot of work for you! I hope that someday that we can
spend more time on this problem, since we also have a lot of non-English
names, but unfortunately we lack the resources to do anything about it
now. I do apologize.

Thanks for trying Citeline,


marlène delhaye wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently found Citeline, it's a great tool and exactly what I was
> looking for to help one of our small library put online the references
> that are actually entered manually in Refworks : the librarian wishes
> to make them available for everyone, not just the people accessing the
> library (1 computer !).
> The references consist in either chapters of books, with a different
> author for each chapter, or "stand alone" articles published in common
> by several authors. These information is very precious for the
> researchers and the advanced students, and also very difficult to
> find, since in our library system, it's the whole book that gets
> catalogued, not the individual articles or chapters.
> So, I've been looking for a while for a tool to promote this work done
> by the librarian, and I think Citeline could be a very good solution.
> My problems are that the references are in french, that BibTeX doesn't
> suppot diacritics very well, and that I'm not tech-savy enough to use
> and run the conversion tool you propose in the FAQ ('recode') ...
> I'm wondering if there's somewhere an online tool that would perform
> this kind of conversion ?
> On a side note, I don't understand why the references from journals
> articles appear more complete than the book sections' ones (the page
> numbers etc don't display on my refs). I tried to change the page
> style, but it's roughly the same, in termes of what is displayed or
> not (or I missed something).
> Do you have any idea or suggestion to propose for these matters ? I
> would really like to use this great tool, and I'm a bit disappointed ;-)
> Many thanks for your help anyway,
> Best regards,
> Marlène Delhaye
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MacKenzie Smith
Associate Director for Technology
MIT Libraries
Received on Thu Jan 22 2009 - 16:50:59 EST

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