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You're assuming that:
* The NAME fields are being used in a product for sale.
* At least some of the users aren't familiar with "First Name" and "Last
* All of the users are familiar with "Given Name" and "Family Name."
(I'll bet my own kids wouldn't know which of their names is a "Given
Based on Lisa's initial query, I wouldn't make these assumptions. My
only "contention," as you call it, is that our knowledge of our users
should inform these decisions.
What we know about our users varies widely among the Whirlers. But Lisa
wrote: "This question assumes that the writer knows his/her audience..."
So there's your starting point.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevin
> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 1:17 PM
> To: Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Naming NAME fields
> > Only if you check whether _your_ users more easily identify
> > "Given Name and Family Name" than "First Name and Last
> > Name." Otherwise, it's just Design By Assumption.
> Yes... and the assumption is that "First Name" and "Last Name"
> are _absolutely_ wrong for a couple of billion people on this
> planet, significant numbers of whom have emigrated to your
> country and to other countries where you might be selling
> your product...
> ... I admit that you could be perfectly correct in your
> contention, but I'd like to examine your reasoning, please.
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