[uf-discuss] Some hcard feedback from a vCard implementor

Bruce D'Arcus bdarcus.lists at gmail.com
Tue Apr 4 10:42:15 PDT 2006

On 4/4/06, Sam Roberts <sroberts at uniserve.com> wrote:

[... snip ...]

> - Don't make their mistake. Please put at least two examples in your
>   spec: an organization, and an individual. And make them COMPLICATED.
>   Two photos, a bunch of different kinds of addresses, real names
>   (middle names, suffixes, etc.).

>From a citation format perspective, I'd venture to say this is among
the most difficult problems, so nice to see you sum it up for us.

Middle names, BTW, are a rather mess in the real world (rather
culturally-specific). Consider simple examples like "J. Edgard

And for more complicated examples, there's stuff like "Alexander von
Humbolt" (the articular), and the prefix/suffix stuff.

> Final thought - from a programmers point of view, the inconsistency of
> human names and titles may be annoying (who needs multiple last names,
> really?), but thats how people are. Better to embrace something close
> to human conventions from the start than to try and get away with an
> overly simplified model, I think.



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