DBLP FAQ: What is the preferred format to enter publications into DBLP?

DBLP was started in 1993 as a pure HTML application. Later essential parts were converted to XML, but the input "language" remains to be in HTML style. The idea is to enter tables of contents (TOCs) in a format, which is very close to their appearance on the DBLP TOC web pages.

The TOC of a journal issue is the smallest unit of information we usually enter. For a first example compare

A TOC entry, that is the bibliographic description of paper, always has the same format:

A sequence of TOC entries always has to be placed into an <ul>-element. Empty <ul>-elements are illegal. You may add additional text between <ul>-elements, for an example look at input file / DBLP page.

For conference proceedings the input format is very similar. Our input file example shows the main difference: HTML <h2>-elements (and <h4>, <h4>, ...) may be used organize large tables of contents. For DBLP users tables of contents are simply more readable if the papers are grouped by sessions etc. as in our example.