[VCARDDAV] phonetic-given-name and phonetic-family-name

Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu> Tue, 20 March 2012 22:41 UTC

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Subject: [VCARDDAV] phonetic-given-name and phonetic-family-name
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In iOS and MacOS Address Book interfaces, in addition to the usual
name fields such as given-name, family-name, the Address Book provides
phonetic-given-name and phonetic-family-name fields for users to enter
for a contact.

The UI use case of these is sorting by given or family name
explicitly, beyond a simple "canonical" sort which the 'sort-as'
parameter would suffice.

The options of sort by given name (first name) or sort by family name
(last name) are provided which sort according to phonetic-given-name
if any otherwise given-name, and phonetic-family-name if any otherwise
family-name, respectively. This feature is apparently particularly
useful in Japanese.

phonetic-given-name and phonetic-family-name could be added as
sub-components of the 'n' property similar to given-name and
family-name, or they could be made their own properties as well,
similar to nickname.

What do others think?

Should these properties/components be proposed as a vCard4 extension?

I'm asking as we (Mozilla) are considering adding these name
components to satisfy the above use-cases, to the ContactsAPI[1] which
I'm editing and doing my best to directly base on vCard4/hCard.

Any preferences as to the details?



[1] https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI/ContactsAPI