Another possible extension for the "usage" attribute in the "name"
MODS element which we've considered locally would be to define values
for fuller sequencing of the display of names. The value "primary" is
able to designate one name for use in "main entry" type citations, but
there is no way to indicate the sequence of other name elements that
would follow the primary name in some citation formats.
On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 4:18 AM, Thomas Scheffler
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> I wonder what is the best solution to mark a mods:name being the "et
> al." part in a list of persons. The way I see it, the "usage" attribute
> should be the best place. There is already a value "primary" defined to
> mark the main author.
> Are there any known mods profiles that mark mods:name entries as "et
> al."? If not I would like to suggest that usage="et al." marks a
> undefined list of names, where the real name of persons/corporations
> could not, would not or can not be resolved. Leaving an entry fully
> uncommented may result in loosing semantics in further transformation
> processes or software that handle these cases.
> This problem is similar to unknown persons where you have some
> information for the description or affiliation. I would suggest that
> these names should be marked as usage="unknown".
> I am looking forward for any comments on this matter.
> Thomas Scheffler
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