My wife is Japanese, so I'm trying to make branches on both sides, but I want to retain kanji and also have the romaji (as in the Latin spelling) visible for any relatives on my side. I know I can add in an alias, but is there another way to do this? I dislike the idea of putting kanji or romaji as aliases, because neither are aliases.
Perhaps something more along the lines of "Add language" and it allows you to write the name in another language? Then in the tree, if a language has been added, it will list both names. Anything like this exist? If not, how long would it likely take to make something like this, and where should I look to make this functionality?
Another option is to enable "ROMN" (Romanised) as an "advanced name field" in the family tree preferences.
(If you do this, then you should avoid using the "Married name" or "Also known as" fields - as these are non-standard and don't support romanised versions. Instead, you should add a new name with type=married or type=aka)
This has the advantage of linking the two versions of the name together. It is a more "technically correct" approach, but it makes the input form a little more complicated.
> would it be a big change for me to get it to list both the kanji and Romanised names?
A bigger change than you might think.
As well as matching the name/page scripts, we also exclude certain types of name (e.g. married).
But if there are only married names, then we have to use them.
What if there are names in 3 or more different scripts? Showing them all might break the layout.
If you are a PHP coder, I can point you in the right direction...