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Chinese names, and a few other questions
We decided at the last minute to support vCards in a new application we're
developing for Chinese users. We downloaded the spec and pretty much
completed the task in a couple hours. But we still have a few questions so
I'm hoping I've come to the right place by joining this list.
1. Is there a recommended way to handle Chinese names (using Chinese
characters) in a vCard? Chinese names are typically two to four, usually
three, characters long. The family name is the first character, the rest of
the name follows. Not regarding the encoding and charset issues, I believe
we simply need to use "N:a;b;c". We haven't found any problems actually, I'm
just wondering if this issue has been dealt with before.
2. Do we need to join IMC or do we need any special permission to use the
official vCard logo in our application? Actually I'm not sure if there even
is an 'official' logo or not.
3. We are primarily interested in supporting Microsoft's Windows Address
Book, but we'll probably also have to support Netscape Address Book too.
Problem is they seem to have been built using conflicting specs. In
particular, the order of the ADR: fields are handled differently between the
two, neither one seems to stick to the official 2.1 spec. Also, Netscape
seems to be really stupid and accepts only the last ADR: and EMAIL: line,
rather than looking for PREF; or HOME; or WORK;. Anyone else aware of this?
I'm also wondering if there is any documentation on the extended fields both
Netscape and Microsoft use. We would like to use the Nickname field, for
example, but have been unable to figure out how to do it.
Thanks in advance.
- Steven Fox
Overseas Connections, Taipei
Microsoft Site Builder Level 3 member