Implementation MHRA note w/o bibliography

I’ve started to rewrite the MHRA note w/o bibliography style in 'modern’
CSL, but have come across some issues with the MHRA guide (
http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml) I was
unable to implement:

  • instead of “et al.”, “and others” is used in case of more than 3 authors.
    Can I specify that the “et al.” term should be replaced by the "and others"
    term?
  • can I specify that a variable should be enclosed by single quotes instead
    of double quotes (as in “”)?
  • I don’t seem able to specify the strings “trans. by” and “ed. by” to
    indicate translators and editors. gives "trans"
    and “ed”, while gives “translated by” and “edited by”.
  • MHRA states that in case the first edition is cited, the edition does not
    have to be listed. Is it possible to check the value of a field in a
    conditional? So that when the edition field contains the value 1, the
    edition field output is skipped? The same goes for volumes (in case a work
    consists of only one volume, the number of volumes doesn’t have to be
    listed).
  • “edn” is used as the abbreviated form of edition, but isn’t available from
    within CSL. The MHRA note with bibliography style solved this with
    hard-coding, but that’s clearly not optimal.

Rintze

I already solved some things on my own:

  • can I specify that a variable should be enclosed by single quotes instead

of double quotes (as in “”)?

For now I just use a prefix and suffix.

  • instead of “et al.”, “and others” is used in case of more than 3 authors.

Can I specify that the “et al.” term should be replaced by the "and others"
term?

  • I don’t seem able to specify the strings “trans. by” and “ed. by” to
    indicate translators and editors. gives "trans"
    and “ed”, while gives “translated by” and “edited by”.
  • “edn” is used as the abbreviated form of edition, but isn’t available
    from within CSL. The MHRA note with bibliography style solved this with
    hard-coding, but that’s clearly not optimal.

I discovered the possibility to define your own locale-dependent terms,
which solves all three issues quite nicely.

Rintze

I’ve started to rewrite the MHRA note w/o bibliography style in 'modern’
CSL, but have come across some issues with the MHRA guide
(http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml) I was
unable to implement:

  • instead of “et al.”, “and others” is used in case of more than 3 authors.
    Can I specify that the “et al.” term should be replaced by the "and others"
    term?
  • can I specify that a variable should be enclosed by single quotes instead
    of double quotes (as in “”)?

Is this by any case a locale-specific issue?

  • MHRA states that in case the first edition is cited, the edition does not
    have to be listed. Is it possible to check the value of a field in a
    conditional? So that when the edition field contains the value 1, the
    edition field output is skipped? The same goes for volumes (in case a work
    consists of only one volume, the number of volumes doesn’t have to be
    listed).

I’ve never used it, but look into the number related conditional that
I believe Julian requested.

  • “edn” is used as the abbreviated form of edition, but isn’t available from
    within CSL.

Is there any reason not to add this as a term?

Bruce

  • can I specify that a variable should be enclosed by single quotes
    instead
    of double quotes (as in “”)?

Is this by any case a locale-specific issue?

Uhm. Yes. The MHRA website is http://www.mhra.org.uk, so I guess the style
is British.

  • MHRA states that in case the first edition is cited, the edition does
    not
    have to be listed. Is it possible to check the value of a field in a
    conditional? So that when the edition field contains the value 1, the
    edition field output is skipped? The same goes for volumes (in case a
    work
    consists of only one volume, the number of volumes doesn’t have to be
    listed).

I’ve never used it, but look into the number related conditional that
I believe Julian requested.

Did you refer to the following thread?:
http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=52C37979-8F51-4D7D-82B8-96CAE5C5C9B7%40simonster.com
But no support for number related conditionals has been implemented as of
yet, right?

  • “edn” is used as the abbreviated form of edition, but isn’t available
    from

within CSL.

Is there any reason not to add this as a term?

I did (when I wrote the first email of this thread I didn’t know yet how one
could define custom terms).

Rintze