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message 1: by Keith (last edited Apr 17, 2019 11:02AM) (new)

Keith (kgf0) | 306 comments Can't find quite the right category or a previous thread on this, so as directed I'm starting over.

The Librarian manual says:
Authors with books published in multiple languages should have their names dealt with similarly to those with pen names. All editions should have the primary author name as the standard or most common Roman (that is, English-language) version of the author's name. Editions published under another spelling of the name or the name in another language should have that name listed as the secondary author.

Accordingly, we have
English: Francis de Sales
French: François de Sales
Italian: Francesco di Sales
(and others, which is what I started to fix via merging)

The trouble is that, if you try to add any two of these to a book, the system is "smart" enough to recognize it as duplication and, in violation of our own stated policy, remove it upon saving.

So it would seem like we either need to change the programming, or change or clarify the policy, because right now complying with policy is not possible unless the non-Roman name is significantly different from the master Author record.

(Similar problem arise with the several related Charles Eliots who were involved with the Harvard Classics series, and on which I long ago gave up hope.)

message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41701 comments Mod
There are several workarounds for the too-similar-author issue. With the relatively new ability to edit secondary authors, the simplest is usually to add the second name with no spaces (FrancescodiSales) which keeps the parser from recognizing the too-similar first and last names. Save the book record, then go back and edit the author name(s), saving each one on its line.

message 3: by Keith (new)

Keith (kgf0) | 306 comments That's so hacky it just might work! ;-)

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