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A name can be an important part of one's online identity and can be almost anything one chooses to represent themselves.
While some may choose to use pseudonyms, nick names, pen names, noms de guerre, their legal names, creative typography (maybe ?), only a first name, or just a last name, since it's your website, it is up to you choose your own name, or even none at all, as part of your online representation.
- 2010-06-17 : Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names (archived):
So, as a public service, I’m going to list assumptions your systems probably make about names. All of these assumptions are wrong. Try to make less of them next time you write a system which touches names.
- 2018-01-08 : Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names – With Examples (archived):
Still not convinced? In this post I’m going to list all 40 of Patrick’s original falsehoods, but give you an example (or two) drawn from my experiences working in this space. Ready? Let’s go!
The W3C Internationalization Activity works with several working groups to produce resources for how to work with internationalization on the web. They touch on personal names in a number of different places:
- 2011-08-17 : Personal names around the world (archived)
- With comments on the W3C wiki: Personal names.
- 2016-01-28? : Internationalization techniques: Authoring Web pages § Working with personal names (archived)
- Internationalization Best Practices for Spec Developers § 9.3 Working with personal names, currently a W3C Group Draft Note : last updated 2022-09-23 (archived)
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- "My students stay calling all the women and people of color writers I teach by their first names and all the white men writers by their last name. And when I point it out, because I wait to point to out to be sure, they look at me like I’ve hurt them." @jerichobrown September 24, 2020