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RE: "lastname" and "firstname" are not culturally neutral

From: Kurosaka, Teruhiko <Teruhiko.Kurosaka@iona.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 08:03:39 -0800
Message-ID: <D4A5CCF30A322D4A80FCF05A8BAC8D7562A370@AMERWEST-EMS1.IONAGLOBAL.COM>
To: "Misha Wolf" <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>
Cc: "Www International" <www-international@w3.org>, <public-webont-comments@w3.org>

Misha,
I feel the other way.  The notion of the firstname and the lastname
are culturally neutral (exclusing those cultures where the person's
name cannot always be divided into two parts.), if you interpret
the firstname and the lastname literally being the first part and
the last part of the person's name.  It would have been
culturally biased if the text in question were:
	For example, one ontology may represent a person's 
	name as a single string "givenname surname"
	while another may have a property for each.

But I agree this can be confusing for those readers who interpret 
the firstname being synonym to the give name and the lastname 
the surname. A less confusing example would be appreciated.

KUROSAKA Teruhiko

p.s. Being contrarian, I am trying to answer my surname KUROSAKA when 
	somebody ask me for my first name, but maintaining this position
	is difficuilt in U.S.A. 
Received on Wednesday, 2 April 2003 11:03:47 GMT

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