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Subject: Re: [office-comment] OpenDocument - suggested tweaks for bibliography format

David A. Wheeler scripsit:

> Here's what I'd like; given just the data, I want
> to be able to change the biblio format and have it
> auto-generate correctly.  The problem is the
> various formats people use. In the main bibliography, I may want this:
> Cowan, John, David A. Wheeler, and Fred Flintstone.
> While other times I want this:
> Cowan, John, Wheeler, David A.., Flintstone, Fred.
> And other times this (I HATE this one, because it loses
> important information, but some standards require it):
> Cowan, J., Wheeler, D.A., Flintstone, F.

I don't think that's feasible: reducing names to the final format
requires hand-tuning, as when the middle name "O'Flynn" reduces to
"O'F.", or knowing that "Willard van Orman Quine" is properly "Quine,
W.V.O."  Even automatically inverting names is too hard:  "William Lyon
Mackenzie King" properly inverts to "Mackenzie King, William Lyon",
though we often find him called simply "King".

John Cowan  www.reutershealth.com  www.ccil.org/~cowan  jcowan@reutershealth.com
The Penguin shall hunt and devour all that is crufty, gnarly and
bogacious; all code which wriggles like spaghetti, or is infested with
blighting creatures, or is bound by grave and perilous Licences shall it
capture.  And in capturing shall it replicate, and in replicating shall
it document, and in documentation shall it bring freedom, serenity and
most cool froodiness to the earth and all who code therein.  --Gospel of Tux

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