[tex-live] clash between babel (french), hyperref and \cite on keys with a colon character

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 18:49:27 CEST 2014

2014-09-22 16:37 GMT+02:00 Vincent Lefevre <vincent at vinc17.net>:
> On 2014-09-22 16:05:20 +0200, Zdenek Wagner wrote:
>> 2014-09-22 15:44 GMT+02:00 Vincent Lefevre <vincent at vinc17.net>:
>> > There's a clash between babel (french), hyperref and \cite on keys
>> > with a colon character. This can be seen on:
>> >
>> This is not a TeX Live issue but babel issue.
> That's confusing because in Debian, babel is part of TeX Live
> (texlive-base source package).
Debian's TeX Live is derived from TeX Live by TUG, I am not a Debian
user so I do not know the exact mechanism how they get in and
repackage it. TeX Live by TUG is just a collection of what is
available on CTAN. You can here report errors in tlmgr or in packaging
(forgotten or misplaced files). All the rest should be reported to
package developers.

>> The problem is that double punctuation (colon, semicolon, question
>> mark, exclamation mark) need different spacing in French than in
>> other languages, therefore these characters are active. Once you
>> load the french module, they remain active even if you switch to
>> another language.
> Well, what I can see is that switching the language solves the
> problem (whether these characters remain active or not, I don't
> know, but at least the problem is solved).
>> I am afraid that it is not an easy tast to change it and it is
>> considered rather a feature, not a bug.
> I can hardly see why it is a feature.
>> You will have the same problems with other characters in other
>> languages.
> One important point is that colon can be seen in various BibTeX
> files, and is generated by some export tools. I wonder what you
> mean by "other characters". If these characters are never used
> in BibTeX keys, this isn't much a problem. If these characters
> can be ASCII letters (a-z), then I wonder what is done for these
> other languages.
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Zdeněk Wagner

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