we can also add all of the possibilities to the alias list. (I seem to be on an ‘alias kick’ as of late).
It’s one thing for a physical release. But it is completely different in the digital realm.
For example, AC/DC on computers is usually written AC-DC, AC DC, or AC_DC because the / really messes us up. Making DC a subdirectory of AC. Even music players will often read the tag AC/DC as two separate artists.
And a lot of foreign language stuff shows up as a series of squares on my screen. Or the simple act of adding an accent mark makes Motley Crew appear as M&%$#&&tley Cr*&^%&*w.
Plus, let’s be honest, some search engines do not recognize an accent mark to be the same as if without an accent mark. A name like Ortiz doesn’t show up if one searches for it using an accent mark, which then causes someone to create a 2nd entry for the same person.
Often, when I see something with all the squiggles, I will try to “whitewash” it to prevent ugly looking entries. And that even includes wikipedia entries, because they will sometimes show as ugly links if I copy and paste, but work fine if I hand type it.
So, my point is -
Depending on where one is digitally seeing a word could make the difference as to if “artist intent” was used or not.
*Digital causes more questions than it answers.