Building an international web app like Quora or twitter to serve many countries. What should be allowed for person's name in profile.

  • Only one full name field or first name and last name
  • How many minimum/maximum characters
  • Only English (A-Z,a-z,spaces) or more characters (dot, etc. or more languages, unicode, utf-8, utf-16, what?)

What rules are being used by zomato, twitter, quora?

  • possible duplicate of Merging firstname/last name into one field Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 16:54
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    Please show what research you have done to try to answer your question. As it stands there is no actual indication that you've made any effort here.
    – tohster
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 17:34
  • International websites need full character support ,additionally first and last name doesnt exist in all cultures and names can get very long. 40 characters seems reasonable to me. Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 18:27
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    You may want to have a read here: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/61908/… Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 11:58

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You could just offer a single Box Username where the user can decide weather to use first-/lastname-system or something else


Normally a persons name should be the second name. When we create the form we will say to the user first name or sure name and second name.

Name suggests 35 characters but put as: 70 characters maximum, first name length was 46, and email 255 characters.

It applies to all languages

  • There are people whose names don't fit in the parameters you gave (I went to university with one) - names get longer than you think.
    – Bevan
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 0:20

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