Last updated: 17 Feb 1997 Welcome to version 1.0t of camel.sty and its friends. Camel is a LaTeX2e macro package that will, if all goes according to plan, one day drastically simplify the typesetting of citations and bibliographies in (potentially) a wide variety of styles and formats. This release is a *prototype*, and should be treated as ALPHA software; I hope that you will experiment with it and send me your comments, but you should not assume that it is perfect, and you should not assume that it will not change. Using Camel, citations are referred to in a way similar to that used in `standard BibTeX', but with a number of significant enhancements; citation tags can be used to generate subdivided bibliographies, separate bibliographies for each subdivision of a larger work are supported, as are in-footnote cross-referenced citations, bibliographies indexed to the pages where citations to the relevant work occur, and much else. This is also the only supported LaTeX2e bibliography style that supports legal citation styles (using the law.dtx module). The package also provides genuinely helpful error messages and an extremely simple syntax for adding details like page numbers and the like to citation tags. To use Camel, you will need to fetch camel.dtx and its extractor, camel.ins, and law.dtx with its extractor law.ins. You will also need to fetch and extract index.dtx/index.ins, the (pre-release) index support package for LaTeX2e by David M. Jones, and the "keyval" package that can be found on CTAN in latex/packages/graphics. To typeset the documentation (by running camel.dtx and law.dtx themselves directly through LaTeX), you will need the array.sty package. Also, and most important, you will need a BibTeX that has a wizard-defined function space of over 7,000. The standard BibTeX (with a function space of 3,000) is too small to handle the .bst files used by the Camel style modules. *** Notes on version 1.0s *** In the past year there have been a few bug fixes in the 1.0r code. Since some people are using the package (!), I'm releasing these fixes as version 1.0s. The new release includes a sample bibtex.ch file, based on jbibtex.ch (NOT the usual bibtex.ch --- use only as a reference.) *** Notes on version 1.0r *** FOR USERS UPDATING THEIR CAMEL: In this version, I have fixed a small bug in the @ARTICLE entry type in law.dtx, and have cut out the code used to show case holdings, comments, questions and fact patterns (a whip-round asking who wanted to preserve these features received no response, so out they went). I have also fixed a fatal bug in the code that handles pinpoints in parallel citations. Please note that this release calls on the new index.sty for LaTeX2e distributed by David Jones as the index.dtx package. You will need this new version of index.sty to run version 1.0q of Camel. The previous prerelease of that file, 'indexdmj.sty' can be deleted from your system. Note that you also do need the "keyval" package from CTAN. NOTE ON FUTURE CHANGES: This version (v1.0r) will is the last of its kind --- but this does not mean the end of Camel. Rather, it marks a new beginning. As many of you will know, Oren Patashnik is at work on an upgrade of BibTeX to version 1.0. As things look at present, the new BibTeX will make a further rationalization of the structure of the Camel code. Not only will this make the editing of styles easier, but it will also increase the overall speed of processing a document, and reduce the amount of memory required in LaTeX. On a rough guess, these changes will about double the size of the (already large) BibTeX style file for legal citations, and render about half of the existing LaTeX style code in Camel redundant (sniff, sniff). The inputs --- your documents and your bibliographies --- should work equally well with the new-style package, but fairness dictates that I at least let folks know what's going to happen. The most immediate effect of these plans is that I will do nothing to enhance the existing code until BibTeX 1.0 comes out. Given that Oren Patashnik has a large amount of work to do on BibTeX, and given the scale of the changes contemplated for Camel, this could all take awhile. So there you have it; a curious form of `stability'. Have a nice ride! FB@soas.ac.uk
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camel – Prototype work on future citation engine
Comprehensive bibliography manager (developed as a demonstration engine for the work on citations for LaTeX3).
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