I last brought up this topic 4 years ago (April 23, 2011) as part of a discussion titled "Compare Taxonomic Lists".
Most of the discussion in that topic was about getting some Australia bird sightings to appear correctly with the new Clements taxonomy (2009 to 2010 at the time). I also talked about getting the names in Clements to match the official names for Australia (using the Language Region Editor), and how the newest list fixed most problems, by saying:
"Now that Clements has adjusted names to conform to the RAOU most of the incorrect spellings in my Australia (and other International) lists relate to the word Gray rather than Grey. I can fix this globally by changing to "European" common names, but this also alters some AOU names to the British version (which I definitely do not want). I would find it very useful if there were a separate choice in the Language/Region list that changes all spellings of Gray to Grey but otherwise does not change the common names. I expect that many users outside the USA would welcome this feature as well."
In your reply you said: "Will put the Gray-to-Grey idea on the wishlist". I had hope to see the change in ver 4.0 (if it is there please tell me where).
The spelling "Grey" is used in most (if not all) former Commonwealth English countries, and in most of those countries the US spelling "Gray" is considered incorrect. I want to find an easier way to fix this than just correcting names one at a time.
Looking at the help topic for the Language Region Editor window, it seems that I can create my own Language/Region list, call it something like "Commonwealth common names" and then apply these names to individual taxonomic lists. Currently I have AOU and Clements, but I want to be able to apply the name changes to each new list as it comes out.
I have taken the Excel file for the latest Clements list, sorted the species from the subspecies, so I could delete the subspecies, and then written a formula to find English names containing the word "Gray". This gives me 267 names where I want to change Gray to Grey. I am hoping that there is some way that I can put the old and new names into columns in a CSV file and import/copy this into my list of "Commonwealth common names".
My Language/Region Editor also contains a lot of entries like to from when I used to have to correct a lot of names. These all apply to old taxonomic lists. Is there a way that I can clean out these old entries?