[ngw] Embedded foreign characters in user names

Elbert LaGrew Elbert.LaGrew at katun.com
Fri Apr 9 15:45:33 UTC 2010

We are not an educational institution, but our company is global, and so
we have employees of most of the major cultures in the world today.  We
have opted to not use any of the extended characters in names, and have
found that to be very workable.  
Plain ASCII characters are confusing enough for most people without
adding the extra complexity. :-)

>>> On 4/9/2010 at 10:40 AM, <ThompsonL at macewan.ca> wrote:
We do not use any special characters here -- not even apostrophes in
network IDs/email (e.g., O'Grady = ogrady).  We thought it would be too
confusing for everyone to try and figure out how to look up someone.
Lidija Thompson

>>> "Lilith Calbridge" <lilith at dcccd.edu> 4/9/2010 9:07 AM >>>
Just wondering how others have handled this, if every.
I have had a user reported to me who's last name is Peña.  She wants
the ñ included in her last name as it sits in GroupWise.  It could be
embedded, I'm petty sure, but this does present a problem with looking
up the name and name completion since we're in a predominantly English
speaking environment.  I'm not so much concerned about people needing to
type the ALT+164, though it would be an imposition on their part, as I
am with having to disseminate the knowledge to 9,000 users who might
potentially have to correspond with this user.  We have three other
users with the same last name who have not asked for this distinction
and it would run the risk of other users getting confused with how to
look them up also.  Additionally there's a chance that once this one
exception is made I'll be asked to allow it for a number of other users
from a more diverse number of languages.  
I know it's kewl to have all the accented characters available but is
it practical to expect a diverse population to learn how to deal with
the rest of the diverse population's language characteristics?  How do
y'all deal with this?

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