In another question, I noticed the difference between APA Style Guide 6th ed and
biblatex-apa output. Specifically,
APA 6th ed (which foregoes the Number of the journal and lists instead only the Volume (perhaps because the page numbers uniformly increase throughout the volume regardless of number, and so perhaps number is redundant?
A few minutes ago, I just noticed that the APA elaborates on this in an October blog post.
Although it's obvious from the comments in the blog post that this rule is overwhelmingly unpopular (and in my opinion too, it is an idiotic rule), it seems unlikely that the APA will be revising this rule any time soon (especially with their having reimplemented the two-space rule for sentence-ending punctuation with their 6th edition after having previously removed it in older editions after originally requiring it in even older editions).
So I'm guessing that there's no way to automate this, right? It seems like it would require
biblatex having knowledge of every published journal's pagination scheme (either by issue number or uniformly increasing throughout a volume; perhaps there are other schemes too) which strikes me as a Sisyphean task.
I wonder about automating this not because I'm lazy (although I am lazy in a sense, for I'm always looking for the easiest way to do something), but instead because I'd like to keep a
.bib database with as much information in it as I know (for my own uses) for each of the references I have in it (even such trivial details as translator and stuff that most style guides don't require or even desire). But now that I see exactly what the APA rule is on this matter (in particular that in some cases (pagination by issue or number), it wants Vol(Num) whereas in other cases (pagination by volume), it wants only Vol and no (Num)), I wonder if there is any way to do this in an APA-compliant manner with
biblatex other than leaving the
Number field in the
.bib entry blank for those journals (which I determine manually) to be paginated by volume.
Sorry for the long-winded background, but in summary, I guess my question is: "Using
LaTeX and associated tools, what's the best way to handle this arcane and unnecessary rule that was published by the APA just 2 years ago in 2009?"