[Dixielandjazz] Variant names and titles: library techniques

dwlit at cpcug.org dwlit at cpcug.org
Wed Jun 23 08:26:43 PDT 2010

Folks who catalog their recordings in exhaustive detail may have trouble
dealing with items that nave variant spellings.

In the old days, library card catalogs had "Authority" cards that provided
a definitive name, and listed the alternative spellings. A "See reference"
card was made to the definitive name from each variant.

There's various ways of doing this with computers. I don't do it
consistently myself, but sometimes I add variants in [brackets]to records
so I can do a *wild card* search of my databases individually--I never got
around to setting up SQL, which would allow me to search all my databases
at one time.

Perhaps that'll help. Note that I provide some legitimate tune title
variants in the indexes of my fake books. "Butt love" for "I can't give
you anything but love" ain't legit [%^)


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