Re: personal names

From: A. Vine (
Date: Wed Mar 31 1999 - 15:39:46 EST

I am curious as to how many countries have these lists. I'm not aware of such a
list in the US - is there one?


Andrea Vine
Sun Internet Mail Server i18n architect
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Trond Trosterud wrote: > > Thank you to all the ones that have commented upon my question about > personal names in databases. > > The consensus I see is UCS, UTF-8, 7-bit fallback with double > representation of the names (space not being a problem), (8-bit fallback), > the possibility of double forms for other alphabets and writing systems. > > This is all very good, and please go on if there is more to be said. > > I still must confess to you that I am not at all too optimistic when it > comes to whether I am able to convince the authorities that anything > concerning our 7-bit encoding should be changed at all (the never change a > winning team-philosophy). The "ignore the small additional marks" thinking > is deeply rooted, as I also have problems in making them demand the > Norwegian letters in passports (the current OCR-format allows ascii only, > and OCR-B does not get the support it deserves). > > Thus, any report on how other countries do this would be valuable, and any > report giving utf-8 (or even 8-bit) as working systems for census > information will be valuable. > > Is #any# country coding these databases with more than 128 characters > (national ascii dialects), say with 8-bit encodings like Latin 1, or Latin > 2? > > Is #any# country coding these databases with more than 256 characters, that > is with some procedure like multiple 8859-x-shifting of the right side of > the code table (did we call it 2202?)? > > Is #any# country using utf-8 or other ucs technologies? > > On this list, we can consider utf-8, etc., but when I turn to the > department they will be #very# reluctant to turn to a system (UCS encoding, > utf-8, etc) that they never have heard about. > > ------------------------------------------------------------------- > Trond Trosterud t +47 7764 4763 > Lingvistisk institutt, Det humanistiske fakultet h +47 7767 3639 > N-9037 Universitetet i Troms, Noreg f +47 7764 4239 > > Test string-please ignore:?~s-,?S-⡥?^-???-- > -------------------------------------------------------------------

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