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Re: Bug#361429: ITP: libtext-bibtex-perl -- Perl extension to read and parse BibTeX files

Bas Zoetekouw <bas@debian.org> wrote:

>> Does that mean that somebody is actually developing something useful
>> with that?  A new database frontend?  Or even a bibtex replacement in
>> Perl? 
> Well, that what I'm going to us eit for.  It seems rather less work to
> write a perl script to generate the correct bbl files than hand-editing
> archaic bibTeX style files...

That sounds interesting: bibtex is old, rotten software, bibtex8 exists,
but 8bit is getting outdated, too, and there are more requirements.
Recently, some development seems to be going on
http://lifc.univ-fcomte.fr/~hufflen/texts/mlbibtex/mlbibtex/, but
*slowly* - News is from 2004 and says "a more robust program, written
using C, almost finished. I plan to write the installation manual very
soon, too" - that's also the state it was in one month ago when I heard
a talk by the author.

In other words:  There's a big need for a program to take over bibtex's
part, that can work in mulitlingual contexts and is actively developed.

Do you plan to start a project, or is it rather a one-time solution for
your particular needs?

Regards, Frank

Frank Küster Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @
Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich Debian Developer (teTeX)

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