If you find yourself needing the same bibliographic elements in more than one document, you can maintain a separate bibliographic database. Keeping the entries in one place ensures consistency between publications and makes it easier to maintain.
The database is simply a separate DocBook document with root element
bibliography that contains a collection of bibliography entries (it can contain a mix of
bibliomixed elements). Each entry in the database document must have a unique
id attribute value.
To include entries from your bibliographic database in a particular document's
bibliography, you do two things:
For each entry you want to pull in, put an empty
bibliomixed element in the document's
bibliography. The selection is made by setting its
id attribute value to match the entry in the database that you want. Use
bibliomixed even if you are pointing to a
biblioentry in the database. Your bibliography can mix full bibliography entries with empty entries drawn from the database.
When the stylesheets encounter an empty
bibliomixed element, they open the database document, look up the
id value, and copy the entry to the current document. It is equivalent to having the entry in your document.
If you need to share a bibliography database among several books, you might consider using an XML catalog entry to locate the database file. Once you set it up, all of your documents will be able to use the same collection, and you can move the collection when you need to, and then you just need to change the single catalog entry. See Chapter 5, XML catalogs for general information on catalogs.
First set the
bibliography.collection parameter to any generic path:
Then add an entry to your XML catalog that maps the generic path to the real path:
<uri name="file:///foo/biblio.xml" uri="file:///c:/usr/share/xml/bibliography-database.xml"/>
When you process your stylesheet with a catalog-aware processor (and tell it where to find the catalog), then the generic path will be mapped to the specific path.
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