[uf-discuss] split full names

Frances Berriman fberriman at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 03:09:41 PDT 2007

On 04/10/2007, Nick Fitzsimons <nick at nickfitz.co.uk> wrote:
> 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:
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_name>
> 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...

The biggest problem, IIRC, is non-hyphenated double first names, like
Mary Jane Smith or something, where "Mary Jane" is the full first

Frances Berriman

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