I can also add that in the first case with the author name "Träger", the
generated bbl-file looks messed up and (Notepad++ doesn't recognize the
encoding as UTF8. Changing the encoding to UTF8 manually shows the complete
names "Träger" correctly, but the abbreviations (what should have been
"Trä06") seem to be messed up.

I'm not familiar with the intricacies and details of UTF8 encoding, but is
it possible that there is a byte missing from the "ä" which has been cut off
during the abbreviation process?

The abbreviated "Trä06" seems to be incorrectly encoded (in hexadecimal) as:
54 C3 A4 30 36,
while it should be: 54 72 C3 A4 30 36.

So in the abbreviation process, the encoding of some characters over several
bytes seems to be neglected.

I attached the bbl-files for both cases to this e-mail, since I don't know,
what would happen to the encoding, if I just pasted them as plain text here.

Julian


2011/6/4 Julian Becker <becker.jul...@gmail.com>

> Thank you everybody for your answers.  Writing Tr{\"a}ger as Thomas
> suggested works well, but unfortunately, I'm using Mendeley Desktop for the
> management of my bibtex file and I can't seem to be able to influence the
> way in which it encodes the special characters.
>
> @Mojca: Indeed, it also fails if I just write "Träger" in UTF-8 encoding
> (however, "Schräger" works just fine. All combinations where the "ä" is at
> the third place of the word seem to fail.). The error message is similar but
> slightly different now. The log file shows the following:
> ---------------
> system > begin file test.tex at line 3
> publications > loading database from test.bbl
> (test.bbl
> ! String contains an invalid utf-8 sequence.
> l.1 \setuppublicationlist[samplesize={Tr
> Ã06},totalnumber=1]
> A funny symbol that I can't read has just been (re)read.
> Just continue, I'll change it to 0xFFFD.
>
> ! String contains an invalid utf-8 sequence.
> l.5 n=1,s=Tr
> Ã06]
> A funny symbol that I can't read has just been (re)read.
> Just continue, I'll change it to 0xFFFD.
>
> ! String contains an invalid utf-8 sequence.
> \doifassignmentelse ...gnmentelse \detokenize {#1}
> =@@\@end@ \expandafter \se...
> \dostartpublication ... ->\doifassignmentelse {#1}
> {\getparameters [\??pb ][k...
> l.9 \stoppublication
>
> A funny symbol that I can't read has just been (re)read.
> Just continue, I'll change it to 0xFFFD.
>
> )
> -----------------------
>
> Julian
>
>
> 2011/6/4 Pontus Lurcock <p...@talvi.net>
>
>> On Fri 03 Jun 2011, Thomas A. Schmitz wrote:
>>
>> > But I admit it's not easy to know that, bibtex documentation is a
>> > real mess
>>
>> Patience please! ‘This document will be expanded when BibTEX version
>> 1.00 comes out’ -- BIBTEXing, February 8, 1988.
>>
>> :-)
>>
>> Pont
>>
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