I agree that such a proliferation of qualifiers would be a bad idea.
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Ted Gemberling said:
> I don’t think 90 variant forms for 30 authorities are probable. Yes,
> there are people with extraordinarily lengthy authority records like Francis Bacon or Albert Einstein.
> But a lot of the time the length of the authorities has more to do
> with the variant names than with dates or other qualifications. In
> other words, not many of the forms retrieved by Einstein, Albert would be close together on a browse index screen.
> Aĭnshtaĭn, Albert, ǂd 1879-1955 would be nowhere close to Einstein.
> And keep in mind that real persons ordinarily have only one birth or
> death date. Now, I suppose you might be contemplating a situation
> where every time someone discovered a new date for someone, they added
> another variant form. And I suppose it’s true that with “previous”
> forms with $w nne, there are occasionally different dates from the AAP
> dates in our NAF. That really would be a mess if there were no limits to proliferation of dates or other qualifiers.
Yes, people generally have only one date of birth or death. But that's not what I'm talking about. The proposal being discussed would allow someone to create variant names like the following:
Williams, Chris, 1971-
Williams, Chris (Animator)
Williams, Chris (Director)
Williams, Chris (Producer)
Williams, Chris (Screenwriter)
Williams, Chris (Actor)
All for the same identity! If the premise is to allow a patron to browse a list of names and identify the keywords associated with their target of interest, then all of these variant names are appropriate for the guy who works at Disney Studios. If we later discovered a fuller form of name, someone might be tempted to add Williams, Chris (Christofer) or Williams, Chris (Chris G.) to the list, as well.
This proposal opens up the temptation to add all possible qualifiers as variant access points, with the idea that they may be useful for someone browsing a list of names.
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