# Label only from first author

With the following example, I tried to get a label only made of from the first author using maxcitenames. But unfortunately it seems not to work. Do I miss something?

\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book{smith1,
author={John Smith and Mike Someone},
title={The book with a very very very very very long title},
year={2005},
location={New York},
publisher={Publisher},
}
\end{filecontents*}
\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[style=alphabetic,%
backend=biber,
maxbibnames=99,
maxcitenames=1,
backref=true
]{biblatex}
\renewcommand*{\labelalphaothers}{}
\renewcommand*{\intitlepunct}{}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{german}{in={}}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{in={}}
\DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}
\DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first}

\begin{document}
\cite{smith1}
\printbibliography
\end{document}

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I think you are looking for the option maxalphanames:

\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book{smith1,
author={John Smith and Mike Someone},
title={The book with a very very very very very long title},
year={2005},
location={New York},
publisher={Publisher},
}
\end{filecontents*}
\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[style=alphabetic,%
backend=biber,
maxnames=99,
maxalphanames=1,
backref=true,
]{biblatex}
\renewcommand*{\labelalphaothers}{}
\renewcommand*{\intitlepunct}{}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{german}{in={}}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{in={}}
\DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}
\DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first}

\begin{document}
\cite{smith1}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


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Thank you again, Marco! –  ChrisP Sep 9 '11 at 13:34
can I use maxalphanames also with bibtex backend? or just with biber? –  thewaywewalk Jul 29 at 15:17
@thewaywewalk: No. It's only available with biber. –  Marco Daniel Jul 29 at 18:30