[Tools-discuss] Chinese name order versus surname and initial attributes in <author>

Ted Lemon <mellon@fugue.com> Mon, 26 July 2021 18:41 UTC

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Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:41:23 -0700
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Subject: [Tools-discuss] Chinese name order versus surname and initial attributes in <author>
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The way that xml2rfc handles Chinese names is broken in a way that I think
is really problematic. Chinese family names come first, not last. But
there's no way to tell xml2rfc to use this ordering, and it uses the
surname and initial on the title page. This is actually not necessary, at
least for HTML output, and worse it's wrong in a way that I think is not
acceptable. Furthermore, I don't even know if Chinese has any notion of an
"initial" so I actually put the author's first name in instead, since it's
only two glyphs.

Have people run into this before? I know this isn't the first Chinese
author, by a long shot.

Right now I'm addressing the problem by reversing surname and initial, but
that is obviously not a good solution when the document makes it to RFC,
since a citation will then come out wrong.