I agree with Kevin on this. If I am trying to distinguish between two authors with the same name ("Smith, John" certainly being one of the worst examples), I always hope that there will be something in the heading itself that will help me narrow down the possibilities. If authors were distinguished only by "A", "B", etc., it would be necessary to look at the details of every record until one stumbled across the right person.
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"The truth will make you free." (John 8:32b)
"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."
"When sleeping women wake, mountains move." Chinese proverb
Something like a date, place, occupation, etc. is able to support
the FRAD user tasks of "identify" and "contextualize". I don't think an
arbitrary code would help in that regard.
I would like to think that we're assembling the data for *people*, not just
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