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Author: William E Alexander
Posted: 18/05/2000 23:46:07 GDT
Thanks for the heads up on the en-dash in the Year field. I hadn't yet
noticed the problem, but would have eventually, as we humanists
encounter a number of reference works, etc., that are published over a
range of years.
The problem may be due to the fact that the Year field is used to
identify references in temporary citations. I am not sure about the
details of your citation style, but I wonder what would happen if you
leave the year out of a temporary citation -- does the scanning work
properly then? But of course, if you need the year to appear in the
temporary citation for your particular style of citation, then that
approach won't work.
As an alternative, I suppose you could add a second year field. The
existing Year field could be used for the first date in a range, and the
second field for the second date. Then your EndNote style could add the
en-dash between them. The en-dash could be made dependent on the second
date, so that if there is no second date, the en-dash will not appear in
your formatted citation. (Even as I write this, I realize that
sometimes you may want the en-dash to appear, even when there is no
second date, if the publication is still ongoing, e.g., 1995- . But
perhaps this complication could be overcome, say by including the
en-dash in the second year field rather than putting it in the style
Adding a new field is a hassle, I admit, but might be worth it if you
have a lot of references with year ranges.
Hope this helps.
William E. Alexander
> Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 08:16:57 -0600
> From: Troy Sagrillo
> Subject: en-dashes in Year fields
> Hello all,
> I am using Mac EN 4.
> I am having a problem using en-dashes (option+hyphen) in the Year field
> (such as in 1890-1894) and having them format properly when I format my
> bibliography. When the paper is scanned, any citation with the en-dash in
> the Year field can not be located by EN. If I replace them with a hyphen
> (though this is typographically incorrect), it works just fine. Obviously I
> can go in manually and replace the hyphens with en-dashes, but this is a
> hassle. Strangely, en-dashes in a page range is no problem.
> Is there any sort of work-around or am I just out of luck?
> - --
> Troy Sagrillo
> Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
> University of Toronto
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