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KLB
02-22-2008, 07:43 AM
Yahoo News has an interesting article on the problems caused when programmers (e.g. us) forget to allow apostrophes, hyphens and spaces in last name fields:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080221/ap_on_hi_te/apostrophes_in_names

Maybe we all should take a vow not to forget our users of Irish, Dutch and Arab decent when we are programming our form validation routines.

Xander
02-22-2008, 07:55 AM
It’s not only people’s names but also place name. I used to live near a town that had an apostrophe. I tried signing up to Rackshack for a sever but it wouldn't verify the details so I couldn't use them I had to instead go elsewhere, so its not always just for niceness but makes business sense too.

Chris
02-22-2008, 08:02 AM
Towns and addresses too yes, I had a few problems from this issue with my compost tumbler shopping cart.

brianMedine
02-28-2008, 04:01 PM
it's easy enough to remedy if you validate with regex expressions.

phazex
03-19-2008, 01:37 AM
I've long had problems with scripts that chop off or alter part of my name. The result is that I've been denied credit, had refund checks go to the different people, and in some cases have customer representatives not be able to find me in their database because of how their script altered my name.