Re: [greenstone-users] Re: Alphabetizing problem

From Rich Robinson
DateSun, 2 Jan 2005 08:44:48 -0800
Subject Re: [greenstone-users] Re: Alphabetizing problem
In-Reply-To (20041231065452-GC11678-puriri-cs-waikato-ac-nz)
What you wrote makes sense, but shouldn't items under "Creator"
without a comma be alphabetized properly as well? E.g. I have items
like "London Society" which seem just randomly placed - while
anything with Surname,Firstname is fine. Seems to me a single entity
would be alphabetized like a surname...but it's not.

> > Hi,
>> When I display my list of Authors A-Z, everything in the format "Last
>> Name, First Name" with a comma in the middle, are properly
>> alphabetized. Anything without the comma such as an organizational
>> name is out of sequence, almost randomly. At least that's the only
>> difference I am seeing between items that sort properly and those
>> that don't. Where should I look to correct this, would there be
>> something in the formatting statement for that particular vlist (I
>> think it's a vlist)?
>This is done at build time, by the classifiers in $gsdl/perllib/classify/.
>If the language of a document was set to English, and the metadata
>is one that is expected to contain names, such as "Creator" metadata,
>then it will assume that a comma implies 'Surname, Firstname'.
>Look in (format_metadata_for_sorting()) and perllib/
>(format_string_english() and format_string_name_english()).
>John McPherson