first author treatment

On first thought, the answer to this question is “no”.

Is that correct?


Am not sure, but it would need to involve some way to set formatting
rules for particular ranges of name variables, where somehow existing
"et al" stuff becomes syntactic sugar for that more fundamental idea.

Not saying we should do this; just that they’re all a part of the same
issue. I don’t recall: how did we resolve the AGU sorting thing?


With the form=“count” value for cs:name (which returns the number of names
in a name variable), and the ability to set name list abbreviation
(overriding the et-al settings) directly on the sort keys:

BTW, the APA “last author” rule has been previously discussed: