Bruce D'Arcus writes:
> Yeah, so in this case the "middle" name functions as a "first" name!
> What a mess (and that not even considering non-Western names)...
Yes I know. The only good reason to use "first" and "middle" as
descriptors is that they are short. I don't know better names in
English. The German language has the concept of the "Rufname" which is
the one given name used to address a person in an informal
conversation or in a personal letter.
> My own (no doubt weak) solution is still to abbreviate those names in my
> metadata that can be, and to not abbreviate those that can't (in a style
> that does not abbreviate). So:
> <namePart type="given">Franklin</namePart>
> <namePart type="given">D.</namePart>
> <namePart type="given">S.</namePart>
> <namePart type="given">Michael</namePart>
This way you lose information.
> I would never use a style that requires the secondary-level name to be
> spelled out in full though. They do exist, however, which strikes me as
> a little silly.
Sure it is. But if you want to publish in one of these journals the
style is not at your discretion.
> Actually, come to think of it, perhaps the above ought to be:
> <namePart type="given">S. Michael</namePart>
> Still not ideal, though, but a processor could interpret it as saying
> "treat this name part as a complete entity for formatting."
This basically means mixing structure and formatting. SGML and XML
were developed to separate the data proper from the formatting. This
is why I don't think the above is an ideal solution.
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