A BibTeX system in Common Lisp

I am writing a replacement for the BibTeX program in Common Lisp. The aim is to enable the user to format bibliographic entries using Common Lisp programs, rather than using the stack language of BibTeX style files.

Development pages on savannah.gnu.org


Unofficial Debian package


A powerful tool is needed for dealing with citations in scientific documents. BibTeX is good for formatting bibliographies, but customizing the format is a pain because it requires writing/changing a program in BAFLL (BibTeX Anonymous Forth-Like Language -- Drew McDermott in comp.lang.lisp):
FUNCTION {tie.or.space.connect}
{ duplicate$ text.length$ #3 <
    { "~" }
    { " " }
  swap$ * *
Other citation-related processing like producing a list of authors and citation indices is usually done with a combination of BibTeX, TeX macros, and ad-hoc scripting with perl or awk.

The new cl-bibtex system aims to replace all this.


Alpha. As of version 0.3.1 (released 2002-12-15), the system already has:

Missing so far:
Matthias Koeppe
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