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International Standards for contact information records

 
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I figured this is the best board out of them all for this question...

I am working on an i18n project and need some help locating some
standards information. The systems current personal and business
contact information database columns are not even totally sufficient
for US domestic users. The primary reason is the insufficient maximum
length on columns such firstname, lastname, address, etc.

I have not been able to find any standards such as an ISO standard
that address contact information storage for i18n'ed computer systems.

Does anyone have any sources of information they could point me to?

Thanks Javaranch!
 
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Standards are for things that can be standardized. The problem with things like names is, once you try to set a standard, some jerk comes along and violates it just because they can. See this epic rant for example.
 
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Joe Ess wrote:Standards are for things that can be standardized. The problem with things like names is, once you try to set a standard, some jerk comes along and violates it just because they can. See this epic rant for example.



Great respsonse Joe. There actually are some good thoughts in that epic rant.
A few best practices was really all I had hoped to find anyway. Thanks very much!
 
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