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Sort names make it possible for external applications to create logical, alphabetical indexes. For the best results, have an understanding of these guidelines but exercise your best judgment.
|Family Name||Given Name||Jr. , Sr. , III etc.||Prefix / Suffix|
- Prefixes and suffixes include, for example, "Sir", "Dame", "DJ" and "Esq."
- Treat middle names and nicknames as part of the "given name"
- Family names take different forms in different cultures. The discussion page has some language-specific suggestions. When in doubt, consult an editor familiar with the language and culture in question.
- Hank Williams, Jr. has the sort name "Williams, Hank, Jr."
- Johhny "Guitar" Watson has the sort name "Watson, Johnny "Guitar""
|Band Name||Article (e.g. "A" or "The")|
- The Beatles have sort name "Beatles, The"
- Los Lobos have sort name "Lobos, Los"
Personal names that are followed by a band name:
|Family Name||Given Name||Jr. , Sr. , III etc.||Prefix / Suffix||Connector (e.g. "&")||Band Name|
- If the Band Name has an article, don't shift it to the end in this case
- I really want to kill this "rule"
- Seperate the "parts" of a sort name with commas
- Use Latin characters (including diacritics) regardless of the script used for the Artist Name
- Avoid "stylistic" characters that affect the sorting order
- Convert symbols representing Latin characters to those characters
- Convert "stylistic" ligatures into the individual characters
- Use half-width Latin characters, not full-width