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Chapter 13. Bibliography Generation > 13.6. The BibTeX style language

13.6. The BibTeX style language

This section presents a condensed introduction to the language used in BibTeX style files. The information should suffice if you want to slightly modify an existing style file. For more details, consult Oren Patashnik’s original article, “Designing BibTeX Styles” [136].

BibTeX styles use a postfix stack language (like PostScript) to tell BibTeX how to format the entries in the reference list. The language has 10 commands, described in Table 13.7 on page 807, to manipulate the language’s objects: constants, variables, functions, the stack, and the entry list.

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Table 13.7. BibTeX style file commands

BibTeX knows two types of functions: built-in functions, provided by BibTeX itself (see Table 13.8 on page 808), and user functions, which are defined using either the MACRO or FUNCTION command.


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