[Taxacom] Apostrophe bug RE: formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, etc.

Geoffrey Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Tue Sep 1 18:43:05 CDT 2009

I'm pleased to report that the apostrophe bug in Globalnames.org searches
has been promptly fixed today soon after I reported it directly.

Those interested can now give such searches as au:d'orbigny a whirl - &
that one should get you over 7000 name strings.


On Tue, September 1, 2009 9:37 pm, Paul Kirk wrote:
> The apostrophy is a 'reserved character' in SQL and has to be
> appropriately coded ... ;-)
> Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Geoff Read
> Sent: 01 September 2009 10:31
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, etc.
> On the Global Names index as is - curiously author names with
> contractions in them, such as those M'**** ones which started this
> thread, are currently jiggering  the response from the search box.
> Apostrophes in a string are evidently not understood/allowed.  M'Intosh
> might be archaic but I'm sure there are still present day O'Connor,
> O'Shea, etc, taxonomists out there who will be puzzled about that.
> After that episode I thought I might check if hyphenated author names
> and common accented characters were handled more gracefully - but the
> site has stopped responding.
> One maybe peripheral use I did find handy was to search for just an
> author and epithet in order to get to the basionym combination quickly,
> when another database has presented me with only the current
> combination, and I need to know the original genus - as I usually do.
> Geoff
>>>> On 1/09/2009 at 8:36 a.m., "Richard Pyle"
>>>> <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
> wrote:
>> [...] Indeed, the "Global Names Index" (GNI), which is part of the
>> GNA, exists exactly for this purpose -- to reconcile taxonomic
>> databases against each other using clever algorithms and fuzzy
>> matching protocols to reconcile taxonomic datasets.  Check it out at
>> www.globalnames.org.  Still in development, but it's already quite
> useful.

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