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Phillip Helbig <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 1 Nov 1999 15:12:50 +0100
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> I would just like to give some more examples where the idea of combined
> formatting for consecutive elements of the same type might be
> applicable:
>   \cite{foo}\cite{bar}  -> [19,35] instead of [19] [35]
> The above usage would allow each \cite to have its own optional arg,
> something that is not possible with current syntax.

Yes that would be nice.  Maybe a future version of natbib?  While we're
on the subject, I often have stuff like

   It has been shown by \citet[hereafter Paper~I]{PHelbigMQ99a}

and then EDIT THE .BBL BY HAND to insert the `Paper~I'.  This is,
perhaps, something which natbib could be coaxed into doing, by having a
THIRD optional argument which would write this information to the .aux
so BibTeX could pick it up.  Also, since defining it as Paper~I or
whatever is a context-thing, that should be done by hand, but it would
be nice if the `Paper~I' were to occur automatically at further
citations, rather than hard-wiring `Paper~I' into the text.  Also, a
variant to suppress this would be useful, perhaps for a figure caption
which should be more or less independent of the text.

If a future version of natbib can do it, I'm happy, but if one is
talking about things like modifying the \cite command, why not build in
much-needed functionality like this at a low level?

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