Sebastian Rahtz writes, quoting Boris Veytsman:
> > Actually BibTeX has a very subtle algorithm of dealing with author names;
> > I think it is possible to reimplement it in TeX for journal styles.
> While I (sort of) admire BibTeX's system for second-guessing surnames,
> I have always found it confusing as an author, and as a processor of
> other peoples .bib files. [...]
I wholeheartedly agree with Sebastian. In addition, I feel that the
BibTeX algorithm is seriously slanted towards European languages (more
precisely, languages whose impact was felt in the USA prints at the
time BibTeX was being designed). I suspect it's inadequate to `world-
wide publishing' -- is Oren listening to this list? -- or can someone
else comment on whether the eagerly-awaited BibTeX v1.0 is going to
extend the algorithm anywhere?
Hans Aberg suggested:
> This can be sorted out by ideas of object orientation: Class A uses local
> names A/foo, and class B uses local names B/foo; thus they do not clash.
And then shows how such a technique might be used. An interesting
idea, but I can't convince myself that it's the `right' way forward.
> I have done programming in this style. -- But I am not sure if TeX
> getting slow by long names.
I don't think that's an important issue at this stage -- and by the
time a LaTeX3 is released we will (or ought to) be even less concerned
about CPU cycles...
Marcel Oliver said:
> Is the APS involved in this discussion? Not so long ago they
> used RevTeX which apparently has compatibility problems
> with LaTeX (I don't have any personal experience). I
> remember hearing that they were working on an update.
I would hope that the APS _is_ at least monitoring the discussion, but
if they are, I would suggest they're keeping remarkably quiet.
However, being as how it's now more than two years since I was first
told that a RevTeX2e was imminent, I've rather given up waiting for
its actual appearance... Maybe they believe that the revtex.cls that
Patrick Daly mentioned _is_ RevTeX2e?