hey to all software devs out there
names should be handled as:
a free text unicode field with a generous max length and no validation.
do not require (last) names without good reason
if possible, make the purpose of the field clear when filling it in, i.e. put an example email or whatever you are actually using it for next to it.
and also, make it clear if legal names are required. make life a little easier for trans people in the process.
feel free to add to this thread.
@julialuna I mainly worked with legal names, but in a very automated system, where the user doesn't enter their name, we read it from their document. It's a pain. Doubly so if you are comparing it to what the user has entered.
@julialuna They kinda are tho... Kinda. At least in the documents with machine readable zones. But not everybody expects it to be a free text field, and that's where problems come from.
@julialuna That's why I said in the documents. And if you do change your name to whatever, expect to cause chaos everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. Because almost no systems I saw are prepared for free field legal names.
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