Personal Names (was: DTD Question)

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Oct 22 19:28:43 BST 1998

Andy Dent asked:

> >Indeed. In fact, the Right Thing turns out to be CommonName and Surname;
> >my CommonName is "John Cowan" and my Surname is "Cowan".
> What about alternate names?
> Many Chinese have a 'Western CommonName' but would still write their formal
> name as something like WONG Jing Ping and be known as Alan in conversation
> and casual reference.

In X.500 Person, both surname and commonName can be multiple-valued.

	commonName: Wong Jing Ping
	commonName: Jing-Ping Wong
	commonName: Alan Wong
	commonName: \uxxxx\uxxxx\uxxxx
	surname: Wong
	surname: \uxxxx

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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