[uf-discuss] split full names

Nick Fitzsimons nick at nickfitz.co.uk
Thu Oct 4 03:02:33 PDT 2007

On 4 Oct 2007, at 10:31, Thom Shannon wrote:

> This isn't strictly microformats related but I thought a few people  
> on here might have some advice. Is there an accepted reliable way  
> of dividing a full name into given name and family name?
> Actually I'm sure the short answer is no, but is there a least evil  
> way?

Depends on which cultures you're expecting to encounter:

FWIW the majority of people in the world are named with their family  
name *before* their given name, assuming that their culture's naming  
convention includes those components in the first place...


Nick Fitzsimons

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