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From: Andrew Sutton (asutton_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-06-21 08:37:26

All (especially documenters),

I seem to be rewriting much of the Boost.Graph documentation as I
slowly translate it into quickbook format, and augment it with
concepts from my SoC project. However, I've run into a "small-ish"
missing feature in quickbook that I might need to do the job
correctly: bibliography support. Boost.Graph has a (growing)
bibliography of about 60 different references.

What I would like to be able to do is something like this...

# somewhere in graph.qbk
[include bibliography.qbk]

The bibliography should contains a set of structured records that
define bibliographic entries that we can cite in then documentation
proper. It would probably be worthwhile to support a number of
different entry types.

# book references
   [authors [Aho, A.V.] [Hopcroft J.E.] [Ullman J.D.]]
   [title Data Structures and Algorithms]
   [year 1983]
   [publisher Addison-Wesley]

# journal articles
   # ...
   [journal [title Software - Practice and Experience] [volume 25]
[issue 8]]
   [year 1995]
   [date Aug]
   [pages 863-889]

# conference proceedings
   # ...
   [conference 23rd International Conference on Software Maintenance]
   [location Paris, France]
   [year 2007]
   [date Oct 2-5]

There are probably others to support (i.e., theses and
dissertations). Citations should be easy since they're basically just
links. A citation might look something like:

[bibref aho_1983_data_structures_and_algorithms]

This could generate something like:


Although there are a number of different represent references. They
could simply be numbers.

Does this sound like something that might be useful for quickbook? I
was thinking about trying to write it myself, but I'm a little busy
between SoC and my narrowing down a dissertation topic. I still might
give it a shot, but I don't really know anything about the back-end

Thoughts? Comments?

Andrew Sutton

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