A continual annoying bugbear...
Automated systems that assume *all* surnames have an initial capital letter, with all further letters in lowercase and no spaces. Aaaarrgghh!
Which developers do this?
Come on, own up!
@fitheach I knew a guy named "ffarrington" once.
At least it was all ASCII.
Aye, so is mine: Mac Donald. The space between the c and D causes all sorts of problems. Automated systems often can't make up their minds whether I am Mr Mac or Mr Donald. Even if I assume the space will cause a problem, and I omit it, the capitalised D often gets transformed to lowercase.
@fitheach @basil @mpjgregoire not exactly sure what the software is but the guy in my office was saying a server/service he supports hangs whenever someone using the webpage of the service searches on a surname with an apostrophe in, such as O'Connor. He has set a cronjob to restart the service twice a day as it causes it to crash so often.
For sure, names are a hard nut to crack.
Here's a revolutionary idea: just accept what the user inputs.
I think I recognise that problem. Salutations also have cultural & social implications. In some cultures/demographics it is frowned upon using someone's firstname. So, the obvious solution is to use surname, but that also has it problems. You might not know if the person you are addressing is Mr/Ms/Miss/Ms/etc. Using "Dear <firstname> <lastname>" is one way around this issue.
@fitheach Oh but Scottish, Irish, and Spanish surnames are do rare in the world, why bother (grrr)
I should start using the Gaelic version of my name in the form Mac Dhòmhnaill, just to be difficult. 😃
@fitheach My cousin tries to use the English variant Mahony when she can, but her legal name is in Irish, so sometimes she's just stuck 😂
That will be a topic for a future post: variations in the Anglicised versions of Gaelic/Celtic names.
Mahony is probably more commonly spelled Mahoney, as in the actor John Mahoney. The late Mr Mahoney is best remembered for his role as Martin Crane (Frasier's dad) in Frasier.
@fitheach Her brothers go by O'Mahoney ... I'm not sure why she chose the version without the e. Nor why they kept the O'
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