Following the guidelines in the biblatex documentation p. 68, I am adding useauthor, useditor, and usetranslator to the options field of an entry in my .bib file:

    AUTHOR = "{Pope Gregory I}",
    TITLE = "King {A}lfred's {W}est-{S}axon version of {G}regory's {P}astoral {C}are",
    YEAR = "1871",

    EDITOR = "Henry Sweet",
    LANGUAGE = "Old English",
    LOCATION = "London",
    NUMBER = "45",
    OPTIONS = "useauthor = false, useeditor = true, usetranslator = false",
    ORIGLANGUAGE = "Latin",
    PAGETOTAL = "xlii + 509",
    PUBLISHER = "N. Tr{\char"00FC}bner",
    SERIES = "{E}arly {E}nglish {T}ext {S}ociety",
    SUBTITLE = "With an {E}nglish translation, the {L}atin text, and an introduction",
    TRANSLATOR = "{King Alfred}"

My .tex file looks like this:

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, onecolumn, oneside, notitlepage]{article}
\usepackage{fontspec,xunicode,xltxtra} % XeLaTeX
\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping = tex-text} % support TeX conventions like ``--''
\setdefaultlanguage[variant = american]{english}
\setmainfont{Linux Libertine O}
\usepackage{csquotes} % for language-specific quotation marks
\usepackage[style = numeric, sorting = none, language = american, abbreviate = true, backend = biber]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{ReferencesBiblatex.bib} % my catalog of references





The output, however, does not come out right:

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Not only are my specifications in the options field ignored, but it's also not rendering the information about the original language correctly.

Here is my console output warnings:

Package biblatex Warning: Ignoring undefined option 'useauthor '
(biblatex)                at entry 'sweet1871'.

Package biblatex Warning: Ignoring undefined option 'useeditor '
(biblatex)                at entry 'sweet1871'.

Package biblatex Warning: Ignoring undefined option 'usetranslator '
(biblatex)                at entry 'sweet1871'.

Package biblatex Warning: Bibliography string 'fromLatin' undefined
(biblatex)                at entry 'sweet1871' on input line 158.

My question is - what I am doing wrong?

closed as too localized by lockstep, yo', Torbjørn T., diabonas, Marco Daniel Sep 1 '12 at 17:09

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    Looks as if biber doesn't like the spaces after the options. Write them as useauthor=false, – Ulrike Fischer Jul 28 '12 at 17:36
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    Try ORIGLANGUAGE = "latin", – Håkon Malmedal Jul 28 '12 at 17:47
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    This space issue will be fixed in biber 1.2. – PLK Jul 28 '12 at 19:22
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    Actually, it's fixed in biber 1.1 – PLK Jul 30 '12 at 13:50
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    I don't agree that this question is too localized. It identifies a more general problem, that biber doesn't accept spaces in the entries for useauthor, useeditor, and usetranslator. This could be considered a bug, and the authors of biber responded and decided to fix it. I'm voting for reopening the question. – Sverre Apr 15 '13 at 10:18

Actually, it's fixed in biber 1.1

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