[Taxacom] formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, etc.
fwelter at gwdg.de
Thu Sep 17 07:50:58 CDT 2009
> (ZooBank is a US American venture and they do not know
> much about languages and scripts, and have no opinion)..."
> Back from vacation, I found this statement. It is wrong. ZooBank is
> an ICZN venture.
> We know something
> about languages, and sometimes even have opinions.
When I wrote "they have no opinion", of course I meant theat nowhere
is visibly published anything on this matter.
> Be assured that
> we are quite diligent and do our best to accommodate language
Thank you for having clarified this. The ZooBank homepage gave a
different impression, which has led to my misunderstanding. The
importance of languages should be given higher priority in the
public outlets of the ZooBank project, and also in the ICZN
presentations. It would be very useful to have the Code online
also in French, not only in English.
I would very much apppreciate if your opinions (for example which
standards should be used for transcribing non-Latin author names)
would be published on some internet page, and linked from the ICZN
homepage. Many taxonomists and database providers ask themselves how
to transcribe non-Latin author names, and nowhere a guide can be
found, not even a proposal.
University of Goettingen, Germany
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