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Re: Draft for review: Personal names around the world

From: Mark Davis ☕ <mark@macchiato.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 17:23:53 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJ2xs_FEqKoRXqq3o--AYkLomLZJZq15aOFUKZ-ZfhQqeuqNfg@mail.gmail.com>
To: ishida@w3.org
Cc: www-international@w3.org
> http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-personal-names

The overview of personal names is very useful. However, I think there are
some problems with the guidance given in the section "implications for field
design".

Look at this from a functional approach. A particular system may need to do
some of the following tasks:

   1. Have a short, personal name, eg "Welcome back, Mark"
   2. Have a relatively unique, informal name, eg "Mark Davis commented on
   your post".
   3. Have a name to use in UIs that have "Sort by: Family Name" (meaning:
   or best equivalent)
   4. Have a name to use in UIs that have "Sort by: Given Name" (meaning: or
   best equivalent)
   5. Have a name for more formal contexts, such as a postal mailing, eg
   "Dr. Mark Davis"
   6. Etc.

I think having more such tasks listed in the document would help to motivate
(and test) the recommendations give in the section "implications for field
design".

In particular, I think systems are often driven to asking for "Family Name"
and "Given Name" because they can (or think they can) generate each of the
forms needed for at least the tasks #1-#4. There is some tension, because
you don't want to have a UI that asks for 8 different forms of a person's
name; people find that onerous!
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