[Taxacom] ICZN - gender of genus-group name ending in -oops

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Fri May 20 11:57:56 CDT 2016

Many such important resources are confronted with the problem that once 
established, their program cannot be modified any more a few years later 
because nobody is there to do more than just maintaining the online 
status and coping with server updates. Finding out exactly where in a 
40,000 lines source code to insert such functions without touching other 
functions is a challenge. Adding a few lines of source code is certainly 
not the problem, the time consuming process is finding out where.

What I find really interesting is that the programmers of Index 
Animalium must have known that Sherborn ignored the ending of adjectives 
in the alphabetical listing. And even in such a situation they avoided 
to figure this in the corresponding electronic program. They must have 
asked themselves, why did Sherborn do this? Either they did not find the 
correct answer (the importance to facilitate tolerant search when 
looking for a specific name), or they did not know how to do this 


Am 20.05.2016 um 18:20 schrieb Fred Schueler:
> On 5/20/2016 11:47 AM, Francisco Welter-Schultes wrote:
>>  The real life experience is that most have not
>> been made up in a way that they actually do partical recognition.
>> If you look for alba in an important resource like
>> http://www.faunaeur.org you only get alba and not albus and not album.
>> Even if you look on the electronic file of Sherborn's Index Animalium,
>> which in its printed version 100 years ago ignored the ending and listed
>> alba and albus as if they did not differ in spelling, you will not find
>> albus if you request alba.
> * didn't Pat LaFollette's CURATOR data system of 1979 handle gender 
> agreement of genus and epithet? Certainly this isn't very expensive: 
> it would just require an hour and a half of coding, inserting the 
> binary variable NOUN-IN-APP for the epithet, and then finding tables 
> of the gender forms of latin & greek adjectives.
> fred.
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