Allowing the customization of name formats
People's names are as unique and varied as the cultures from which they come.
Requiring a given name and a family name or surname may not accommodate the user who only has one name, such as in Indonesia. Some cultures state the family name first followed by the given name or names, such as in Korea. Many countries create double family names by combining the family names of the parents creating rather long names. These names may be joined by a dash "-" or simply a space character. Cultural conventions for sorting names can also vary. Some countries sort by given name, some by family name, and some by a particular part of a doubled family name.
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- Guidelines quick reference
- A: User interface
- B: Writing for an international audience
- C: Respect for culture and conventions
- D: Product structure in a globalized environment
- E: Input and output interfaces
- F: Coded character sets
- G: Introducing Asian ideographic scripts
- H: Languages with a bidirectional script
- I: The cursive Arabic script