[rdfweb-dev] fwd [Bug 7] New: firstname/surname/given/family
connolly at w3.org
Thu Feb 20 17:51:13 UTC 2003
As the guy who raised this issue, I'm starting
to think it's not worth changing deployed stuff.
But something I learned since raising this...
On Thu, 2003-02-20 at 11:00, Leigh Dodds wrote:
> When MortenF proposes a resolution I'll fix up the FOAF-a-Matic to make
> sure its doing the right thing ASAP. I won't do anything just yet to make
> sure I don't end up making multiple changes.
> > DanC raised this in, er, July of 2000 (see ). MortenF has kindly
> > agreed to own this issue in Bugzilla, and propose a resolution. I made a stab
> > at describing the problem in the Bugzilla entry. To summarise, I think
> > we are all using 'firstName' and 'surname' when we should probably (...)
> > be using givenName and familyName. I have no sense for how big a
> > problem this is, ie. whether 'first name' and 'surname' are hopelessly
> > Western concepts. Meanwhile, thankfully, we have all been using foaf:name,
> > which should take some of the pressure off.
If folks aren't using firstname, good. Get rid of it.
I think surname is acceptable in an international
context, but if nobody's using it, I'd get rid of it.
The only thing I suggest, in addition to foaf:name
is a sortname, ala DC's familynamefirst.
Maybe you should just use the actual DC property.
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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