If a text contains a name like "Theresa May", and you define it as an index entry for an alphabetical index, the index entry is not shown as "May, Theresa", and currently you cannot configure LO Writer to do so.
So I suggest an additional field in the "Insert Index Entry" window below the "Entry" field. This new field could have the following descripion text: "Term's spelling in the Alpabetical index", into which one could type "May, Theresa", as in the example above.
But "May, Theresa" in the alphabetical index refers to all instances of "Theresa May", not "May, Theresa" in the text of the document.
Please also make sure that German names like "Freiherr von Zeitgenstein" (a name containing more than two words; compare with bug issue 122054) can be definded as "Zeitgenstein, Freiherr von" in such an additional field in alphabetical indexes, and that this definition ("Zeitgenstein, Freiherr von") refers to all undeclined and declined instances of "Freiherr von Zeitgenstein" in the text of the document.
Interesting topic, good for the weekly discussion.
Sometimes it can be useful if we put a name with different spellings. I think it would be easy to enter them separated by colons like
"Bill Gates;Gates, Bill; William H. Gates"
With this solution the reader would be able to find the name with more spellings. This can be beneficial in case of asian names when more western transspelling co-exist.
We talked about this idea in the design meeting and agree on the idea. It requires a new field that consists of at least three elements, first, middle, and last name, and a special handling when those types of ToC with the requested sorting capabilities. Btw, "Freiherr von Zeitgenstein" has also a first name, maybe Heinrich. "Freiherr" is a noble rank.
Could be an interesting GSoC project.
> Could be an interesting GSoC project.
Sounds as if there is no or not enough money to pay a LO software programmer for implementing my proposal. This is sad. I at least once spent some money (200 €) in 2018 to a German foundation which is collecting money for generating or maintaining open source software.
(In reply to Jens Radloff from comment #4)
> Sounds as if there is no or not enough money to pay a LO software programmer
> for implementing my proposal...
Rather we need more dedicated developers. Unfortunately you cannot donate for a specific task. Development work has to be tendered in, and the prioritization of tasks is up to the board of directors. See also https://blog.documentfoundation.org/donations-questions-answers/.
Another page is here https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Crowdfunding (we are discussing possible improvements)