The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Jon » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:36 am

Those settings are in preferences. If you use cloud sync those settings will sync between computers. Note that you can't authenticate a new Mac at the moment because of problems with Apple CloudKit. But when that's resolved you'll be able to.

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Adrian Petre » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:44 am

Thank you. So, I’ll have to wait for a fix. Now, a more punctual question: In a reference, in the Edition field for a book, I have the word “rev.”. Now, in the footnote, “rev.” is fine. But in the bibliography list, I need to have “Rev.” (capital “R”). Can this be done?

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Jon » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:50 am

Citations (footnotes) and bibliographies are configured separately, so set the case the way you want it for each. Please read the section in the User Guide on how to create and edit formats, it has all the information you need.

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Adrian Petre » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:03 pm

Ok. I re-read the mentioned sections. Nevertheless, I cannot find what I want. The issue is this: I have a reference type called BOOK. I format the citation option like this:
a, t ~, ed. ~e | ~, trans. ~u3* ~, ~u2~ ed.~ ~, ~u13~ vols.~|~ ~ |~, ~j v` (`{u11;$ repr., $} |~; ~, l: u, d`)`
This results in
Gerhard von Rad, Genesis: A Commentary, trans. John H. Marks, rev. ed., The Old Testament Library (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1972)
This is fine. Now, for the bibliography, I have the following:
a. t. $Edited by $e. $ Translated by $u3*. u2$ ed. $ u13$ vols. $ ~. ~ j {v.^$. $} u11~. Repr.,~ l: u, d`.`
The result is fine, except for rev. which should start with a capital letter:
Rad, Gerhard von. Genesis: A Commentary. Translated by John H. Marks. rev. ed. The Old Testament Library. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1972.
The rev. word in the bibliography needs to be Rev. Now, in the field Edition from the Book reference type, the text entered is rev. The question is this: How can I change the capitalize the R of rev. in the bibliography and keep it in lower case in the citation, and also see just one entry for the Edition field in the Book reference? Is there any way to put a condition in the code, like If Field text = 'rev.' then 'Rev.'?

Thank you for your help. I am working on an SBL2 format which is almost ready. But I keep encountering these minor issues.

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Jon » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:34 am

If the Rev is in the reference itself of course Bookends won't output it any differently. The Rev/ref should be in the format. E.g.

$Rev ed.$

or

$rev ed.$

The documentation explains the use of $ and how to output literal text.

And you can control if that text is output at all by placing in in a conditional group. For example to output it only if the edition field has content.

If you need more followup please take this off forum and contact tech support directly.

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Adrian Petre » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:29 am

Thank you. I will contact the support team.

Keep up the great job!

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Re: The Bookends Guide to the SBL format

Post by Adrian Petre » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:37 am

Dear all,

Attached is a working format for the SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd ed. (hereafter SBLHS2). Any improvements are most welcomed. This covers the following sections from SBLHS2: 6.2.1–6.2.25 (excepting 6.2.5; 6.2.14; 6.2.22; 6.2.23) and sections 6.3.1–6.3.10 (except 6.3.7). You just need to copy the file to ~/Library⁩/⁨Application Support⁩/⁨Bookends⁩/⁨Custom Formats⁩. Make sure you have the latest version of Bookends.

Several details regarding the reference types. Follow the steps to customize the format:
  • Journal
    Given that the common setting before pages is comma, you need to overwrite that. Include \\ before the page(s) when you create a temporary citation with modifiers (e.g. {temp_citation@\\32}) so that it may appear correctly (e.g. Journal_name 21.1 (2019): 32). This is necessary only for the first citation.
  • Volume in Multivolume Work
    1. Rename the “Unused6” reference type into “Volume in Multivolume Work”. Go to Bookends Preferences > Refs > Reference Types, select “Unused6”
    2. Rename the field label “Journal” into “Multivolume Title”
    3. Rename the field label “User1” into “Multivolume Editor”
    4. Rename the field label “User2” into “Edition”
    5. Rename the field label “User3” into “Translator”
  • Article in Encycl./Dict.
    1. Rename the “Unused” reference type into “Article in Encycl./Dict.” Go to Bookends Preferences > Refs > Reference Types, select “Unused”
    2. Rename the field “Journal” into “Encycl./Dict.”
    If you have a volume number, you need to include \\ before the page(s) when you create a temorary citation with modifiers (e.g. {temp_citation@\\32}) so that it may appear correcty (e.g. IBD 1:32).
  • Article in Lexicon/Th. Dict.
    1. Rename the “Unused2” reference type into “Article in Lexicon/Th. Dict.” Go to Bookends Preferences > Refs > Reference Types, select “Unused2”
    2. Rename the field “Journal” into “Lexicon/Th. Dict.”
    For bibliography, you need to link this article with the book itself, which is introduced as a separate reference. For this, you have to go to Bookends > Preferences > Links, and create a Parent called “Lexicon/Th. Dict.” and a child called “Article”. Then you need to link your articles (children) to the book (parent). See the Bookends User Guide for that. This will allow you to have various signed entries in the footnotes, and the Lexicon/Theological Dictionary cited only once in the bibliography.
    Use \\ if needed. See above.
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