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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.
Loading biblatex with the package option giveninits=true will just print the initial of the author's first name.
Note that this will not work in somewhat old versions, and you must use (the now-deprecated) firstinits=true option instead, which accomplishes the same thing.
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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