[rdfweb-dev] RE: foaf and vcard

Dan Brickley danbri at w3.org
Tue Aug 12 11:48:26 UTC 2003

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Misha's view seems to be that Family and Given names are 
culturally pluralistic enough. Morten, any views on this?


----- Forwarded message from Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf at reuters.com> -----

From: Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf at reuters.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 23:18:52 +0100
To: danbri at w3.org
Cc: w3c-i18n-ig
Subject: RE: foaf and vcard
Message-ID: <T63b79e5399c407b7114fc at dtcseuvig5.dtc.lon.ime.reuters.com>

Hi Dan,

I seem to recall that when I last looked, foaf had taken 
some of the features vCard got right (like family name 
and given name) and replaced them by broken ethnocentric 
constructs like surname and first name).  Looking now at:
I see that both the culturally neutral forms and the 
Western-centric forms appear to be legal.  I don't know 
whether that is a recent change.  In any event, by 
allowing the biased forms, foaf still appears to be 
broken.  It would be just as legitimate to consider:

   first name = family name

as to consider:

   last name = family name

Thus, assertions such as:

   the person's first name is Misha

   the person's last name is Wolf

tell me only that the words "Misha" and "Wolf" each 
occur somewhere in the person's name.


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