Excuse the upstart lurker.
In my misspent youth I cataloged and managed a very large card catalog. The principle behind the use of a single authorized name was collocation. And this was to provide a manageable way for the library to present a list of all the works by an author in a card catalog. It was cost prohibitive to do it any other way.
As I read this I began to think that we should rethink the philosophy of a single authorized version of the name to which all other variants are linked. Instead we could link multiple versions to a name identifier.
Excuse me if this has been debated to death on this list I can read only a small number of the posts.
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Of course. I should have made explicit that the string-manipulation is
done on the abbreviated name, not the full form of the name:
<namePart type="given">Bob T.</namePart>
<namePart type="given">R. T.</namePart>
(The record for Shin Ryu-un from an earlier post is another example of
the abbreviation needing to be made explicit.)
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Actually, wouldn't "Smith, Bob" become "Smith, R." if converted to
initials? This stuff is always much more complicated than it looks at