Change Case of first character of text string

Eric Chatonet eric.chatonet at
Fri Feb 29 06:26:45 EST 2008

Bonjour kayclAn :-)

As for person's names, I agree: reformatting them using lower and  
upper cases at the right place in all cases is not *practically*  
possible and, often, the way to go is to capitalize them completely :-)
But I assume that there are other 'columns' that could be smartly  

Best regards from Paris,
Eric Chatonet.

Le 29 févr. 08 à 12:10, Kay C Lan a écrit :

> On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 4:19 PM, Eric Chatonet <
> eric.chatonet at> wrote:
>> I would
>> like to consider this problem from another point of view :-)
>> Instead of having to search for all forms ('smith', 'Smith' or
>> 'SMITH') I would rather prefer to reformat user entries as soon as
>> they are done to match a 'style' sheet that will make all data
>> display consistent.
> Whilst I fully agree that there are many instances where formating  
> data on
> entry is the way to go (date, time, money, Countries, States, etc  
> etc,) I
> believe a person's Name is not one of them. Unless no one else is  
> going to
> see it but you. Here are a couple of sample names:
> da Vinci
> deJorgne
> O'Loghlen
> McDonald
> MacDonald
> Smith-Clark
> A simple capitalise the first letter of the word might render this.
> Da Vinci
> Dejorgne
> O'loghlen
> Mcdonald
> Macdonald
> Smith-clark
> The code to format names so that they are 'correctly' capitalised  
> is far far
> more complex and time consuming that the simple solution offered by  
> Len;
> case insensitive searches.
> Why would it matter, it doesn't if you're the only one who sees it,  
> but if
> it's viewed by a wider audience, particularly the very people whose  
> names
> are entered (ie, it goes on mailing labels or appears in the company
> directory), you might be surprised at how many get touchy when you  
> can't
> spell or capitalise their name correctly - especially when they're  
> higher up
> the food chain;-)

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