[ogg-dev] The use for an XML based metadata format

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Wed Sep 12 16:03:13 PDT 2007

On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 11:55:04PM +0100, Ian Malone wrote:

> All capitalised tags are the result of an MB automatic
> tagging tool.  The MB one includes all the uuids, but
> also pulls in a 'sortname'. (Incidentally the album name
> had been added when encoding, I suspect that's why it was
> unmodified.)  
> Despite UUIDs there's an acknowledgement
> here that you don't want to have to query the MB database
> every time you want to search your music collection, the
> UUID's main feature as far as I can see is to help tie
> the database together at their end.


> What I think would be useful would be a way of specifying
> names which makes it easier to do structured sort.
> Having separate first name(s) and last name fields would
> work for most cases, but a vCard-like sortname field is
> probably more realistic.  Make the sort name a mandatory
> part of the name description and suggest to application
> developers how it should be used.

I agree a sort name makes more sense. Separate name fields
also don't internationalize well. But I don't think we can
make any of this mandatory. Falling back to sorting on the
full name is reasonable.


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