InterBib: Help for Converting Bibliographies
NOTE: This document is somewhat dated. For an update,
see the Release Notes for
the 2007 InterBib overhaul.
This form allows you to convert one or more bibliographies from
BibTeX/Refer/InterBib format to nicely formatted HTML or MIF, or
to bibliographies in BibTeX or Refer formats.
This help page describes the full-functionality form. The simple form is a
Specifying the Bibliographies
You fill in any mixture of BibTex, Refer or InterBib bibliography file
names (on your machine), or URLs to bibliography files elsewhere. Then you
click either the HTML or the MIF button. After some waiting time during
which your files are transferred to the server and processed, a file with
the new format is returned. For HTML, this is displayed in the browser. For
MIF files, you will be prompted for a destination on your system.
Declaring the Bibliography Formats
With each file/URL input box you will find a choice for declaring
whether the respective file is of type Refer, BibTeX, etc. By default, the
system will deduce the type from the file extension: '.ref' for Refer,
'.bib' for BibTeX and no extension for InterBib databases.
Adding a Title
If the optional title input box is filled in, the resulting Web page will
be given a header and title accordingly. This is true for both HTML and MIF
Errors and Warnings
Any errors that occur during the translation are displayed a separate
window pane. An error is a problem severe enough that a bibliography entry
could not be translated. Such an entry is dropped. Translation
continues. Warnings will not cause an entry to be dropped. They usually
complain about fields that are missing in bibliography records.
Links in Bibliographies
You can add links in your bibliographies. For BibTeX, these are placed in a
field that must be called 'links'. In Refer, they must be placed in the
field tagged '%1'. The format is as follows:
Where 'targetEnv' is either 'www' or 'frame'.
The following example, if inserted as a BibTeX field in one of your
bibliography entries, will cause my home page to be linked to the author
name in your bibliography entry:
links = "author:www:http://www-db.stanford.edu/~paepcke"
The following will do the same, but with Framemaker links:
links = "title:frame:/u/paepcke/foo.frm mammals"
Multiple link specs can be combined as in this example in the Refer system:
%1 (title:www:http://moo.com/theScoop.html), (title:frame:/u/paepcke/foo.frm mammals)
%1 (title:www:http://moo.com/theScoop.html), (author:www:http://www-db.stanford.edu/~paepcke)
If you include fields 'annote' or 'comments' in your BiBTeX bibliography,
or '%X' in your Refer bibliography, you have a choice of producing an
annotated bibliography or one without annotations. There's a button which
lets you choose.
Permission to retain bibliography
We are trying to automatically accumulate bibliographies for you and others
to use. Unless you disallow it in the form, InterBib will retain any
error-free bibliographies your send and make them available to you and
others as InterBib databases. They are available through the
search interface. Depending on their length, it may take a few
minutes for yours to come up in the form after your document processing is
done. Note that your bibliography material will only be added to the
collection if it parses correctly all the way through.
Comments/bugs to Andreas Paepcke: