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When using biblatex, how can you obtain abbreviated first names for authors in the bibliography (i.e. like the abbrv bibtex)?

I've been trying to look everywhere in the manual, but so far no luck.

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firstinits=true – Seamus Jun 30 '11 at 11:13
Didn't you remember my answer to one of your former questions? ;-) – lockstep Jun 30 '11 at 14:40
Gah! It was your answer that finally made me consider switching to biblatex.. but I didn't used it then.. only until now I remember. :P – Juan A. Navarro Jul 1 '11 at 15:51
up vote 22 down vote accepted

Load biblatex with the package option firstinits=true will just print the first inital of author's first names

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Aha, now I can see the option. Strange that is buried in the list of “internal options” and without any mention to abbrv. Anyway, thanks a lot! – Juan A. Navarro Jun 30 '11 at 11:20
@Juan the thing is, there are so many options, that it can be difficult to know where to look for the relevant ones! – Seamus Jun 30 '11 at 11:22

While this is way to late, it might still help someone:

If you are actually looking for emulating the abbrv style, then there is this simple solution of adding style=trad-abbrv to the package options (before any other).

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