Mudcat Café message #234813 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21866   Message #234813
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
27-May-00 - 01:57 PM
Thread Name: Index of Folk Songs in Print
Subject: RE: Index of Folk Songs in Print
The trouble with 'raw' lists is that even in songbooks titles are extreemely variable, but first lines are much less so. With folksongs even first lines are quite variable, so for these even titles and first lines are often not good identifiers of songs. And of course spelling is often a problem when hunting by key words, because so many words have many different spellings. A good index needs cross reference numbers, and that is really a lot of work.