Guideline C: Respect for culture and conventions

C14: Name

Allowing the customization of name formats
People's names are as unique and varied as the cultures from which they come.

Guideline C14


Allow the user to select the name format to accommodate personal name variations.

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.