Template:AuthorFields:DirectoryEntry

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  • Directory Entry - This field contains the author's family name. It is used to build the Author Directory. At the moment, the directory is based on the English version of the Latin alphabet, so only English letters "A" through "z" and punctuation are allowed in this field. Accented Latin characters should be replaced with their closest English equivalent. Non-Latin characters should be replaced with their most common transliterated (Romanized) values.
  • Note that when a new author is added to the ISFDB database, the filing process parses the entered name and tries to guess the author's family name by looking for the last component of the entered name. For example, for "Robert Heinlein" the automatically determined family name will be "Heinlein". The filing algorithm ignores suffixes like "Jr.", so for "L. E. Modesitt, Jr." the automatically determined family name will be "Modesitt". However, there are cases where the automated parsing algorithm guesses incorrectly, in which case the "Directory Entry" value needs to be corrected manually after the fact. The following scenarios are common:
    • Family names consisting of two or more words. For example, "R. Garcia y Robertson" should be filed in the directory under "Garcia y Robertson", but the software will enter "Robertson" in the "Directory Entry" field. Similarly, "Ursula K. Le Guin" should be filed under "Le Guin", but the software will enter "Guin" in the "Directory Entry" field.
    • Hungarian, Japanese and other names where the family name appears first. The software will use the last component of the entered name, i.e. the personal name, instead.
    • Author names that include non-Latin characters, e.g. Cyrillic or kanji. The value of the "Directory Entry" name will need to be changed to the Latin transliteration of the family name manually.
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