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March 24, 2007

Details of Microsoft Office 2007 Bibliographic Format Compared to BibTex

Filed under: Research — mahbub @ 2:29 am

I am trying to decipher the Microsoft Office 2007 Bibliographic format. As I mentioned in my previous post I am writing a Microsoft Office 2007 bibliographic import-export module for JabRef, a bibliographic manager. In this post I will try to find a link between BibTex citation elements and Microsoft Office 2007 Bibliographic elements, so that anyone can use it to create export-import modules. For the shake of discussion here, let me coin the term MSBib for Microsoft Office 2007 Bibliographic Format.

I created an XML ‘sources’ file with all possible entries or source types in Microsoft Office 2007. The file can be downloaded from here. The data used to create this XML are rather random garbage than anything useful. But you can refer to this and see what needs to go in where.

One important similarity I found between MSBib and BibTex is that they both ignore unknown entries. Thats a neat feature, because one can then utilize it to put in some information that is not representable by other, instead of scrapping it all together.

Except this similarity, both the formats are very different. MSBib is quite new and supports newer entry types like movies, case, patent etc. Another important difference is that MSBib has fields that are specific to some source or entry types, whereas BibTex has a common set of field types applicable to anything. Correct me if I am wrong about BibTex here.

Entry or Source Types

There are 17 types of sources in MSBib, whereas BibTex has 16 entry types. The table 1 below shows BibTex and MSBib as one by one mapping. Obvious enough that, there may not be one to one mapping for all of them. In such cases I will try to put them as misc entry or some other similar types. Remember this table as well as any other table in this document is subject to change, as I learn more.

Table 1: Entry or source types

MSBib BibTex Comment
Book book  
BookSection inbook  
BookSection, field BibTex_Entry=booklet booklet Not sure
BookSection, field BibTex_Entry=incollection incollection Not sure
JournalArticle article  
ArticleInAPeriodical article, field msbib-source=ArticleInAPeriodical Not sure
ConferenceProceedings inproceedings  
ConferenceProceedings, field BibTex_Entry=conference conference  
ConferenceProceedings, field BibTex_Entry=proceedings proceedings Not sure
ConferenceProceedings, field BibTex_Entry=collection collection Not sure
Report techreport  
Report, field BibTex_Entry=manual manual  
InternetSite misc, field msbib-source=InternetSite  
DocumentFromInternetSite misc, field msbib-source=DocumentFromInternetSite  
ElectronicSource misc, field msbib-source=ElectronicSource  
Art misc, field msbib-source=Art  
SoundRecording misc, field msbib-source=SoundRecording  
Performance misc, field msbib-source=Performance  
Film misc, field msbib-source=Film  
Interview misc, field msbib-source=Interview  
Patent patent  
Case misc, field msbib-source=Case  
Report, field BibTex_Entry=mastersthesis mastersthesis  
Report, field BibTex_Entry=phdthesis phdthesis  
Report, field BibTex_Entry=unpublished unpublished  
Misc misc  

As I mentioned earlier fields in MSBib are entry specific, whereas in BibTex they are common for all the entries. To compare, I will present MSBib fields in a linear list like BibTex. First I would like to show the details of MSBib fields starting with composite Author field and then discussing the rest of it. Later a comparison with BibTex will be presented.

Author Field
MSBib authors are composite structures. Author can be of following types:

  1. Author
  2. BookAuthor
  3. Editor
  4. Translator
  5. ProducerName
  6. Composer
  7. Conductor
  8. Performer
  9. Writer
  10. Director
  11. Compiler
  12. Interviewer
  13. Interviewee
  14. Inventor
  15. Counsel

Each of the sub-types of Author contains a NameList containing one or more Person(s) or a field Corporate, comma separated list of corporate persons.

In MSBib each Person of NameList as well as in BibTex have three parts, First, Last and Middle. They are presented in MSBib as

<Person>
<Last>LastName</Last>
<First>FirstName</First>
<Middle>MiddleName</Middle>
</Person>

In BibTex names are represented,

LastName, FirsName MiddleName; LastName, FirsName MiddleName;

In MSBib Corporate field the names are represented as:

LastName, FirsName MiddleName; LastName, FirsName MiddleName;

Different Fields in MSBib
The common fields presented below is common for all source types. Special fields for each source types is presented after that. The fields with red star (*) is a recommended (by Microsoft Office 2007) field for that source.

Common fields present in all sources

  • Tag: Identifier for the source. Same as BibTex key. Most probably this is created from first three letters of the first name of the first author combined with last two digits of the publishing year. Example: Mah07
  • SourceType: One of the MSBib source types from Table 1.Example: Book
  • GUID: Global ID. This enables Word to determine which source is most recent, based on the value of the GUID, and to prompt whether the user wants Word to update the outdated source to maintain continuity between the master list and the current list. Example: {F3BEFB3B-FC0D-47AB-970A-F4003FF99F9F} (more)
  • LCID: Language ID. Use 0 for English. Example: 0
  • Author: A composite containing different author subtypes. Sub types of Author are source specific.
  • Title*: Title of the source. Example: Brief History of Time
  • Year*:Publication year. Example: 2004
  • ShortTitle: Short title of the source. Example: BHT
  • Comments: Free form text as comment on the source. Example: Comment is helpful to annotate a source.

Additional fields in Book

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. Translator: A NameList containing one or more translator(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Laura; Jones, Dave
  • Pages: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • Volume: Volume of the book. Example: 2
  • NumberVolumes: Total number of volumes the book has. Example: 5
  • Edition: Edition of the book. Example: 2
  • StandardNumber: ISBN/ISSN or some other standard number. Example: ISBN 226-392-34
  • Publisher*: Name of the publisher Example: Spinger-Verlag
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince: State published in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion:Country published in. Example: USA

Additional fields in BookSection

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. BookAuthor*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this book. This is may not be same as Author. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    3. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • BookTitle*: Title of the book, appears twice. Example: Brief History of Time
  • Pages*: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • Volume: Volume of the book. Example: 2
  • NumberVolumes: Total number of volumes the book has. Example: 5
  • ChapterNumber: The chapter number of the book referenced. Example: 7
  • Edition: Edition of the book. Example: 2
  • StandardNumber: ISBN/ISSN or some other standard number. Example: ISBN 226-392-34
  • Publisher*: Name of the publisher Example: Spinger-Verlag
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince: State published in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion:Country published in. Example: USA

Additional fields in JournalArticle

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • JournalName*: Name of the journal this article appeared in. Example: Engineering Design
  • Pages*: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • Volume: Volume of the journal. Example: 2
  • Issue: Issue number of current volume in which the article published. Example: 4
  • StandardNumber: DOI or some other standard number. Example: DOI 22639234
  • Publisher: Name of the publisher Example: Spinger-Verlag
  • City: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • Month: Month published in. Example: February.
  • Day: Day published in. Example: 19.

Additional fields in ArticleInAPeriodical

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • PeriodicalTitle*: Name of the periodical this article appeared in. Example: Mechanical Engineering
  • Pages*: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • Edition: Edition of the book. Example: 2
  • Volume: Volume of the journal. Example: 2
  • Issue: Issue number of current volume in which the article published. Example: 4
  • StandardNumber: DOI or some other standard number. Example: DOI 22639234
  • Publisher: Name of the publisher Example: Spinger-Verlag
  • City: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • Month*: Month published in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day published in. Example: 19.

Additional fields in ConferenceProceedings

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • ConferenceName*: Name of the conference this article appeared in. Example: Mechanical Engineering
  • Pages*: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • Volume: Volume of the journal. Example: 2
  • StandardNumber: DOI or some other standard number. Example: DOI 22639234
  • Publisher*: Name of the publisher Example: Spinger-Verlag
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.

Additional fields in Report

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
  • Department: Name of the department this report prepared for. Example: Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Institution: Name of the institution this report prepared for. Example: Arizona State University
  • ThesisType: Type of thesis. Example: phd, masters or technical
  • Pages: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: ASU-PHD 22639234
  • Publisher*: Name of the publisher Example: Arizona State University Press
  • City*: City published in. Example: Tempe.

Additional fields in InternetSite and DocumentFromInternetSite

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. ProducerName: A NameList containing one or more producer’s name(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • InternetSiteTitle*: Title of the internet site, duplicate of the Title field appread in common section.Example: Beyond My Mind
  • Month*: Month published in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day published in. Example: 19.
  • YearAccessed*: Year in which the site was accessed for reference. Example: 2004
  • MonthAccessed*: Month in which the site was accessed for reference. Example: February.
  • DayAccessed*: Day in which the site was accessed for reference. Example: 19.
  • URL*: The website URL. Example: https://mahbub.wordpress.com.
  • ProductionCompany: The production company of the website. Example: wordpress.
  • Version: Version number of the website. Example: 1.3.
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: SITE-ID 22639234

Additional fields in ElectronicSource

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. ProducerName: A NameList containing one or more producer’s name(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    4. Translator: A NameList containing one or more translator(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • PublicationTitle: Title of the source, appears twice. Example: GNU C++ Source
  • Volume: Volume of the source. Example: 2
  • Medium: Medium of the source. Example: CD-ROM
  • Edition: Edition of the source. Example: 2
  • Month*: Month published in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day published in. Example: 19.
  • ProductionCompany: Company published the code. Example: FSF
  • Publisher: Publisher of the code. Example: GNU
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince*: State published in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion*:Country published in. Example: USA
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: SITE-ID 22639234

Additional fields in Art

  • Composite Author:
    1. Artist*: A NameList containing one or more artist(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
  • PublicationTitle*: Title of the art work, appears twice. Example: Monalisa
  • Institution*: Institution the art work belongs to. Example: Arizona State University
  • Publisher: Publisher of the art. Example: Art Publisher
  • Pages: Pages of the art. In my opinion this is incorrect. Example: 23-34
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince: State published in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion:Country published in. Example: USA

Additional fields in SoundRecording

  • Composite Author:
    1. Artist: A NameList containing one or more artist(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Composer*: A NameList containing one or more composer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. Conductor*: A NameList containing one or more conductor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    4. Performer*: A NameList containing one or more performer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    5. ProducerName: A NameList containing one or more producer’s name(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • AlbumTitle: Title of the album, appears twice. Example: Best of Bob Dylan
  • ProductionCompany: Company that produced the album. Example: Golden records
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince*: State published in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion*:Country published in. Example: USA
  • Medium: Medium of the album. Example: CD-ROM
  • RecordingNumber: Some recording number. Example: 22639
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: RECORD 22639

Additional fields in Performance

  • Composite Author:
    1. Performer*: A NameList containing one or more performer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    2. Writer*: A NameList containing one or more writer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. ProducerName: A NameList containing one or more producer’s name(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    4. Director: A NameList containing one or more director(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • Theater*: Theater the performance was performed. Example: Arizona State University Central Theater
  • ProductionCompany: Company that produced the performance. Example: Golden records
  • City*: City performed in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince*: State performed in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion*:Country performed in. Example: USA
  • Month*: Month performed in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day performed in. Example: 19.
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: RECORD 22639

Additional fields in Film

  • Composite Author:
    1. Writer: A NameList containing one or more writer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    2. Performer: A NameList containing one or more performer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    3. Director*: A NameList containing one or more director(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    4. ProducerName: A NameList containing one or more producer’s name(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • ProductionCompany: Company that produced the film. Example: Golden records
  • Distributor: Company that distributed the film. Example: Golden distributor
  • CountryRegion: Country performed in. Example: USA
  • Medium: Medium the record published in. Example: CD-ROM
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: RECORD 22639

Additional fields in Interview

  • Composite Author:
    1. Interviewee*: A NameList containing one or more interviewee(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    2. Interviewer*: A NameList containing one or more interviewer(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    4. Translator: A NameList containing one or more translator(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    5. Compiler: A NameList containing one or more compiler(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • BroadcastTitle: Title of the interview, same as Title. Example: Interview of Dr. Knuth
  • Publisher: Company that published the interview. Example: Adventure publisher
  • Broadcaster: Company that broad casted the interview. Example: NBC
  • Station: Station that broad casted the interview. Example: WNBC
  • City: City performed in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince: State performed in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion: Country performed in. Example: USA
  • Month*: Month published in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day published in. Example: 19.
  • StandardNumber: Some standard number. Example: RECORD 22639

Additional fields in Patent

  • Composite Author:
    1. Inventor*: A NameList containing one or more inventor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. Translator: A NameList containing one or more translator(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
  • Type: Patent type. Example: Software
  • CountryRegion*:Country performed in. Example: USA
  • Month: Month published in. Example: February.
  • Day: Day published in. Example: 19.
  • PatentNumber*: Some standard patent number. Example: PATENT 22639

Additional fields in Case

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    2. Counsel: A NameList containing one or more counsel(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
  • Court*: Court the case appeared in. Example: Supreme Court
  • Reporter: Reporter reported on the case. Example: Big Reporter Agency
  • Month*: Month appeared in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day appeared in. Example: 19.
  • City: City appeared in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • CaseNumber*: Some standard case number. Example: CASE 22639
  • AbbreviatedCaseNumber: Some standard abbreviated case number. Example: CASE 22639, for doing some illegal activity.

Additional fields in Misc

  • Composite Author:
    1. Author*: A NameList containing one or more author(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    2. Editor: A NameList containing one or more editor(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Manjur; Ali, Liyakat
    3. Translator: A NameList containing one or more translator(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
    4. Compiler: A NameList containing one or more compiler(s) of this source. Example: Murshed, Mahbub; Zakir, Tanjia
  • PublicationTitle*: Title of the publication. Example: The Big Bang Theory
  • Publisher*: Name of the publisher Example: Spinger-Verlag
  • Pages: Page range referenced. Example: 23-45
  • Volume: Volume of the publication. Example: 2
  • Edition: Edition of the publication. Example: 2
  • Issue: Issue of the publication. Example: 2
  • Month*: Month appeared in. Example: February.
  • Day*: Day appeared in. Example: 19.
  • City*: City published in. Example: San-Fransisco.
  • StateProvince*: State published in. Example: California
  • CountryRegion*: Country published in. Example: USA
  • Medium: Medium published in. Example: CD-ROM
  • StandardNumber: ISBN/ISSN or some other standard number. Example: ISBN 226-392-34

Similar fields in BibTex
As I mentioned earlier in this post the comparison will be based on a linear mapping table as shown in Table 3. Table 2 contains the mapping of author fields.

Table 2: Author fields in MSBib and BibTex

MSBib BibTex Comment
Author author  
BookAuthor msbib-bookauthor custom
Editor editor  
Translator msbib-translator custom
ProducerName msbib-producername custom
Composer msbib-composer custom
Conductor msbib-conductor custom
Performer msbib-performer custom
Writer msbib-writer custom
Director msbib-director custom
Compiler msbib-compiler custom
Interviewer msbib-interviewer custom
Interviewee msbib-interviewee custom
Inventor msbib-inventor custom
Counsel msbib-counsel custom

Here goes the table with MSBib and BibTex fields.
Table 3: Fields in MSBib and BibTex

MSBib BibTex Comment
Tag Database key or key  
SourceType   Chose from Table 1
GUID   Ignore
LCID language A map between language name to LCID may be required
Title title  
Year year  
ShortTitle msbib-shorttitle custom
Comments note or annote
Pages pages  
Volume volume  
NumberVolumes msbib-numberofvolume custom
Edition edition  
StandardNumber ISBN, ISSN, LCCN, mrnumber Parse standard number to determine ISBN or ISSN
Publisher publisher  
City, StateProvince, CountryRegion address or location. Usually MSBib fields appear together.
BookTitle booktitle  
ChapterNumber chapter  
JournalName journal  
Issue number  
Month month  
Day msbib-day custom
PeriodicalTitle organization  
ConferenceName organization  
Department school  
Institution institution  
ThesisType type  
InternetSiteTitle title Approximate
YearAccessed, MonthAccessed, DayAccessed msbib-accessed Date accessed “month day, year” format in an additional field
URL URL  
ProductionCompany msbib-productioncompany custom
PublicationTitle title Approximate
Medium msbib-medium custom
AlbumTitle title Approximate
RecordingNumber msbib-recordingnumber custom
Theater msbib-theater custom
Distributor msbib-distributor custom
BroadcastTitle title Approximate
Broadcaster msbib-broadcaster custom
Station msbib-station custom
Type msbib-type Patent type. custom
PatentNumber msbib-patentnumber custom
Court msbib-court custom
Reporter msbib-reporter Reporter for a case. custom
CaseNumber msbib-casenumber custom
AbbreviatedCaseNumber msbib-abbreviatedcasenumber custom
BibTex_Series series Common name of series of books.
BibTex_Abstract abstract  
BibTex_KeyWords keywords  
BibTex_CrossRef crossref Database key being cross referenced.
BibTex_HowPublished howpublished  
BibTex_Affiliation affiliation Authors affiliation.
BibTex_Contents contents A table of contents.
BibTex_Copyright copyright  
BibTex_Price price  
BibTex_Size size Physical dimension of a work.

This articles is more or less complete here. I hope to update this post as soon as I get more info about these formats. Thank you for reading it.

Ping
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Some references that might be helpful:

  1. How to use Office 2007 bibliographic tool
  2. OpenXML Developer
  3. Blog of Brian Jones, the person behind the Office 2007 open XML
  4. ECMA Open XML Standard Elaborated Schemas (all documents)
  5. MSDN article showing how to work with Bibliography (updated March 23, 2007)

11 Comments »

  1. […] source, I can now list down all the bits and pieces that can go inside it. Please follow my next post on […]

    Pingback by Deciphering Microsoft Office 2007 Bibliography Format « Beyond My Mind — March 31, 2007 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  2. You probably already know it, but BIBTeX’s set of entries and fields is not fixed, it actually depends on what the “style” file you are using supports. There is a rather new (still beta) package for LaTeX called (surprise) biblatex () which greatly extends and simplify the formatting of bibliographies, among other things it adds new entries such as “collection” and new fields like “doi” or “translator”. It could be worth it to make JabRef biblatex-aware.

    Comment by Jellby — April 16, 2007 @ 6:48 am | Reply

  3. It didn’t add the URL: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/biblatex.html

    Comment by Jellby — April 16, 2007 @ 6:50 am | Reply

  4. Any news on the import export extension for JabRef to Office 2007? Thanks

    Comment by Luigi — January 18, 2008 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Luigi,
    I already developed the export module. You can find it in the JabRef 2.3.x.

    Regards.

    Comment by mahbub — January 18, 2008 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks, this has been very useful. I am a long time Tex/LaTex and BibTex user.

    I have been using Word/Office 2003, and in need of a Biblio software. I used EndNote a few years ago and was not happy with it. I have the new Office 2007, but (as usual) hate to move to anything new. But perhaps its biblio capability may cause me to use it.

    Comment by Hardjono — April 7, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  7. Thank you for this report. I am happy that word is finally starting to propose advanced features for bibliography, like open office has done for years now.
    However it is still hard to use. I also know (or at least I think I know) that a major issue remains regarding the formatting of bibliographic references (fieds, order, style etc…). Any info on that aspect?

    Comment by Mounir E — October 10, 2008 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  8. I know it’s about 3 years late, but I was looking for something else when I came across this post. I had to smile when I read your remark about correcting you if you were wrong about BibTex. I don’t think you are wrong about BibTex, but you are wrong on some points on MSBib.

    ==== Quote 1 ====
    Another important difference is that MSBib has fields that are specific to some source or entry types, whereas BibTex has a common set of field types applicable to anything.
    ==== Quote 1 ====

    The MSBib fields are NOT specific to some source or entry types according to the open xml specification.

    It looks funny to have a ‘Theater’ field in case of a ‘DocumentFromInternetSite’ for example, but it is allowed. What Word does is just show a subset based on some config file.

    ==== Quote 2 ====
    The fields with red star (*) is a recommended (by Microsoft Office 2007) field for that source.
    ==== Quote 2 ====

    The fact if a field is recommended depends on the style you use, different styles will have different fields selected.

    Comment by Yves — February 26, 2010 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  9. hey,
    thank you very much for your post. i have one question: is there any possibility to edit biblyography so it shows the author’s full name? example: when i fill the entry with “Deutsch, Karl … 1967” it shows: Deutcsh, K. (1967) … i was wondering if I could change it for Karl instead of just K.

    thank you so much in advance, i hope you can help me.

    Comment by paulo — July 25, 2010 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  10. Good things, really liked this write-up

    Comment by Acuvue Oasys Rebate — July 27, 2011 @ 10:09 am | Reply


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