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David Wheeler writes:
Well, I admit that the terms are Amero-centric, and they suggest an
order, as well. But the format placeholders are simple strings (%f,
%m, %l, etc.), and to a certain extent, they can be considered
arbitrary. I wouldn't want to change those, but would have no
objection to changing what they're called in the docs, provided some
more or less universally neutral terms could be put forward.

Maybe I should just go through my anthropology texts and look for
kinship terminology used in that discipline...

At any rate, even if the docs change, I don't think that the interface
would change in the slightest.
Even within the Amero-centric paradigm there are still some scenarios
your module may not handle (correct me if I'm wrong):

* Two or more middle names (e.g. George Herbert Walker Bush, British
nobility/royalty, etc.)
* No middle name
* Only a middle initial (e.g. Harry S. Truman, Bullwinkle J. Moose)
* First initial, goes by middle name (e.g. my mom, D. Colleen Ward)
* Last name is two words (e.g. a friend of mine, Joydeep Roy
Chowdhury; his last name is "Roy Chowdhury")

--Bill.

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William R Ward bill@wards.net http://www.wards.net/~bill/
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little statesmen and philosophers and divines." - Emerson

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