Sure enough, as I start to do the MLA style, I’m faced with a design
problem (Harvard was no real problem, although the labels on locators
are a little funky).
… in particular this discussion of the citation style:
So this is a non-standard “author-date” style. It in fact doesn’t use
dates in the citations.
I’m actually a little confused about the exact rules.
It seems to be that the bibliography is sorted by author-date, but
there is no disambiguation rule I can see for the years. It seems that
they instead use (short) titles in the citation to achieve the same
To be honest, I haven’t run across this before, and it’s not accounted
for in CSL.
Off the top of the head, it seems to me I may need to explicitly model
the disambiguation rules, and maybe assume the standard (1999a, 1999b)
stuff is standard. Not quite sure how to do this, but maybe in the
citation it’d be something like:
That would then be saying “if there is more than one reference from the
author, then add this field.”
I could see more than one way to handle a standard author-date
citation, but one of them would be:
Feels a bit awkward, in part because the logics of the two are not
really the same. In the first case, you are looking only at the author,
while in the second (and the common case) you are looking at both
author AND year.