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From: Elizabeth Churchett <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Precedence re variable name vs. name variation (v5.09)
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 17:35:57 -0500
References: <200392181535.082606@TERRY2>


Terry Reigel wrote:

>On Tue, 02 Sep 2003 16:41:36 -0500, Elizabeth Churchett wrote:
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>>Terry Reigel wrote:
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>>>As to getting sometimes the full first name and for
>>>others only part of it, a couple of ideas occur to me:
>>>
>>>1. One is essentially what you proposed. Create a name
>>>tag with the desired given name form, specify that name
>>>variation, and use a variable like [R:rolename]. This
>>>requires that you use a name style that excludes the
>>>surname, because you cannot suppress the surname being
>>>picked up from the primary name tag otherwise.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>Well, I am not using a name style that excludes the
>>surname. As I just said in my reply to John, I am
>>putting "--" without the quotes in the Surname field. Is
>>that equivalent, or am I digging myself into a hole that
>>I will later regret?
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>Test it. I find that when you do that, the name is treated as an empty
>name, and you get the Empty Name text, which by default is (--?--).
>That's why I said you have to use the name style to use this method.
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>Terry
>

Terry,

I have been doing things this way for a couple of months now, on an
as-needed basis, and it's been working--in a narrative report, I'll get
just the first name. I wonder what's different b/w what you're
envisioning and what I'm doing?

--Elizabeth

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