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Hans Aberg <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 15:53:12 +0200
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Maarten Gelderman <[log in to unmask]>:
>The `van' problem can never be countered by a computer program,
>unless you specify the language with each author name. Americans
>generally treat the van part as a part of their last name. In dutch
>van etc are not used to put items in alphabetical order...

  May I point out that there is a difference in displaying the author name
and the way a name should be sorted in an index:

  An author would expect their name to be displayed as they are used to,
normally as that of their own language, whereas in an index, the best way
is to sort is according to the rules of the language of the readership (so
the readership is "English" if the publication is in English"). (Because
otherwise it can be difficult to find someone in the index.)

  Hans Aberg
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