The ``proof of'' entries...

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# The ``proof of'' entries...

Submitted by patrickwonders on Wed, 04/17/2002 - 15:59

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When browsing the encyclopedia alphabetically,

there are a surprisingly large number of ``P''

entries. Some of this is due to a mathematical

penchant for ``perfect'' and ``para-'' and

``plu-'', but lots of it is because there are

entries titled ``proof of XXX''.

I feel that these items would be better placed

if they were either retitled (or at least

alphabetized) as ``XXX, proof of''. Then,

they'd be in the proximity of the appropriate

topic.

Or, am I the only one who browses alphabetically?

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(v1) by patrickwonders 2002-04-17

## Re: The ``proof of'' entries...

I think, the way we name entries is the right one (so while viewing an entry on Femrat's theorem and we want to proof we click on "Proof of Fermat's theorem")

It should be up to the system to change names to

"Fermat's theorem, proof" at listing entries, since that's pretty much the only place where you want words switched.

Besides, notice that users may not name the entries "Proof of ..."

since they're given the freedom to use the wording they prefer like

"alternate proof of..."

"on why is it true that... "

well I'm being extreme, but my point is that some users don't follow the template title

like on AGM inequality entry,

ariels thought it was better to name his as "Jensen's proof of AGM..."

and I don't see anything wrong with that.

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## Re: The ``proof of'' entries...

Good points.... Maybe, the best thing would be something like in LaTeX indexing commands where there is an optional field for ``alphabetize as''.

That way, ``Jensen's proof of AGM'' could

be alphabetized as ``AGM, Jensen's proof of''.

alter,

Patrick

## Re: The ``proof of'' entries...

You're right, that is a better way to list them. It conforms to how we index person-names "Surname, Firstname". Also, the system will automatically mangle "foo, bar of" to "bar of foo" for linking, so there's no reason not to do this.

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