Human names (was: Elements order:)
Christopher R. Maden scripsit: > I disagree there - I like to be able to encode Asian and western names in > their proper cultural order but still know which is the given and which is > the family name. The best way to handle this particular modeling situation is to store the full name, in culturally correct order, in one element, and the sorting name in another: <name><commonName>John Cowan</commonName><sortName>Cowan, John</sortName></name> This is close to what X.500 does with its commonName and surname fields. In this way we can handle different cases: English/French/German: order is personal name, surname; sort by surname Magyar/Chinese/Japanese: order is surname, personal name: sort by surname Icelandic: order is personal name, patronymic: sort by personal name Hispanic: order is personal name, surname, mother's surname: sort by surname Russian: order is personal name, patronymic, surname: sort by surname Arabic: ??? As usual with i18n, It's Harder Than You Think, even after applying this rule. :-) -- John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan@c... Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan
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