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$Id: README,v 0.8e 2009/07/04 15:02:31 lehman beta $

Please note that this package is in beta stage and released for
testing only. TeX distributors are advised to wait for version 1.0.
The version number will be stepped up to 1.0 as soon as it is
considered suitable for general distribution.

See the file 'RELEASE' for additional release notes.


The biblatex package is a complete reimplementation of the
bibliographic facilities provided by LaTeX in conjunction with
BibTeX. It redesigns the way in which LaTeX interacts with BibTeX at
a fairly fundamental level. With biblatex, BibTeX is only used to
sort the bibliography and to generate labels. Instead of being
implemented in BibTeX's style files, the formatting of the
bibliography is entirely controlled by TeX macros. Good working
knowledge in LaTeX should be sufficient to design new bibliography
and citation styles. There is no need to learn BibTeX's postfix stack
language. Just like the bibliography styles, all citation commands
may be freely (re)defined.

Apart from the features unique to biblatex, the package also
incorporates core features of the following packages: babelbib,
backref, bibtopic, bibunits, chapterbib, cite, citeref, inlinebib,
mlbib, multibib, natbib, splitbib. There are also some conceptual
parallels to the amsrefs package. The biblatex package supports
split bibliographies, multiple bibliographies within one document,
and separate lists of bibliographic shorthands. Bibliographies may
be subdivided into parts (by chapter, by section, etc.) and/or
segmented by topics (by type, by keyword, etc.). The package is
fully localized and can interface with the babel package.


Copyright (c) 2006--2009 Philipp Lehman. Permission is granted to
copy, distribute and/or modify this software under the terms of the
LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), version 1.3. This package is
author-maintained. This software is provided 'as is', without
warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but
not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose.


Please use the biblatex project page on SourceForge to report bugs
or submit feature requests:

There are two trackers on this page, 'Bugs' for bug reports and
'Features' for feature requests:

Select a tracker, then click on "Add new" to submit your report or
request. If you do not want to report a bug or request a feature but
are simply in need of assistance, you might want to consider posting
your question on the comp.text.tex newsgroup. I can not provide any
end-user support by email or via the project page.


This package requires e-TeX and the 'etoolbox' package. Installing
the 'csquotes' package is recommended. These packages are available

or any CTAN mirror.


Copy all files and subdirectories found in the 'latex' directory of
this package to


and the file in the 'bibtex' directory to


where  denotes the root of the local TeX installation
tree, for example

	C:\Local TeX Files\

The manual ('biblatex.pdf') goes to


or to any other place where you will find it later.

Note that you may have to create those directories if this is the
first package you're installing locally (as opposed to via a package

Don't forget to update the file hash tables (also known as the file
name database) after installing the files. On teTeX and TeX Live
systems, run texhash as root ('sudo texhash'). On MiKTeX, run
'initexmf --update-fndb' in a command window or use the 'Refresh
FNDB' button of the MiKTeX Options window.

Please see the TeX FAQ at for further


Refer to biblatex.pdf for a systematic reference manual and to the
'examples' subdirectory for usage examples.


A list of changes relevant to users of this package is included at
the end of 'biblatex.pdf'. See also the release notes in 'RELEASE'.