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RE: I18N-ISSUE-71: clarify culturally-linked references to name position [Contacts API]

From: Josh Soref <jsoref@rim.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:48:29 -0400
To: "public-device-apis@w3.org" <public-device-apis@w3.org>
Message-ID: <6A252AE18765C3468EF06946F24F0B571FFC47D634@XCH102CNC.rim.net>
http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-personal-names


> Hope that provides useful background,

It does.

> though it doesn't go far in suggesting solutions.

It definitely does not for our case.

I think given that we're supposedly exposing Address Book cards of the user, we should be exposing the fields based on their names in hCard/vCard. The descriptions for each field name should come straight from whichever format we're reflecting. With a note that it's in fact just a copy of that and no warranty applies to the data. We should clearly indicate that the fields may be absolutely corrupt. 

I had a Chinese colleague and I noticed that all of his cards had names completely in the FirstName or completely in the LastName field (or in any other single random field, whichever was convenient for the device he was using).

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