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Zotero & LibreOffice-Word citation issue [closed]

asked 2013-01-30 23:37:35 +0200

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Is there some way the LO developers can make it possible for LO+Zotero users to use Chicago style full-note footnote citations and still have them compatible with Word? Right now, we can't, and are forced to use Chicago author-date in-text citations if we are collaborating w/Word users. Please, please figure out how to let us use our field's required formats and travel easily between LO & Word without citation loss or locking the citations for future editing!


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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp
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answered 2013-03-02 11:03:03 +0200

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Here's the most recent forum thread about this on for future reference The second post might be helpful.

To quote,

you can't use bookmarks for note-based styles like Chicago manual. And the only way to co-author with Word and Libre Office is to use bookmarks.

I cannot find a reference to the exact bug, but the problem arises from a bug in OOo where bookmarks were (are?) somehow mangled when placed inside footnotes. I'll ask the Zotero devs to elaborate more on the exact problem. Perhaps this has already been fixed in recent LO releases.

The earliest post I could find that referenced this bug is from Dec 23, 2008, which also provides some steps to reproduce (that unfortunately no longer work due to changes in Zotero)

Update Started tracking down bugs related to this feature. Here's a (non-exhaustive) list of LO bugs that need to be resolved before this feature can be implemented (will update as more are found):

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@aurimas, Please make sure that a bug is filed against LO (see link in my Answer) and linked from this page as well.

Perhaps the LO and Zotero devs can put their heads together and put this issue to bed.


qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-03-02 11:30:03 +0200 )edit

Here's a search for zotero bugs in LO's bug tracker. I don't see anything promising filed or fixed...

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-03-02 11:32:49 +0200 )edit

@aurimas -- any update on finding that bug or filing a new one?

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-03-13 12:39:35 +0200 )edit

@qubit sorry, apparently I was not receiving any notifications about comments on my answers. I will take another look at the status of this bug and follow up with LO

aurimas gravatar imageaurimas ( 2014-02-27 23:11:44 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-02-24 21:38:19 +0200

qubit gravatar image

Hi @kleonard,

I'm not exactly sure what's preventing interoperability between LO and Word, and I'm not sure if this is something that should be taken up with LO's dev team or with Zotero's (or both?).

Could you please provide some clarification?

Useful info would include

  • An example document that exhibits these problems with interoperability
  • Versions of LO, Word, and Zotero on which you can reproduce this/these problem(s)
  • Specific steps to reproduce the problem(s)

Feel free to provide more information here or to file a bug in the bugtracker (if we can't find a workaround for you, we'll send you there eventually).

Please post a link to any bugs you file in a comment below using the format "fdo#123456".


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