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Bug#382075: bibtex fails to handle unicode .bib files

On Tue, Aug 15, 2006 at 12:37 +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> martin f krafft <madduck@debian.org> wrote:
> > Package: tetex-bin
> > Version: 3.0-17
> > Severity: normal
> > File: /usr/bin/bibtex
> >
> > bibtex cannot deal with Unicode .bib files. It would be nice if this
> > were possible, unicode is kind of a standard by now...
> bibtex in tetex is not even 8bit-clean.  There's an 8bit-clean bibtex
> implementation in texlive, but even there it is not the default.
> Probably by a reason.
> I know of one attempt to reimplement bibtex for Unicode support, and
> additionally with the possibility to switch scripts and languages on a
> per-entry basis, mlbibtex. 

There is also Bibulus: <URL:http://www.nongnu.org/bibulus/>
Having perl instead of the stack based language of BibTeX would be nice.
Unfortunately development has stopped some time ago. 

> But this seems to be a rather academic
> project - I heard a talk where its author nicely explained its great
> planned features and showed some commandline examples on-screen, but
> when someone asked the question "How well is it usable as a replacement
> for bibtex, and can one download a version for testing?" he didn't even
> understand the question, let alone answer it...  So I wouldn't expect it
> to be a usable alternative in the foreseeable future.

AFAIK talks about mlbibtex can be heared at almost every TeX conference.
Some people see it as some sort of running gag ...


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