Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I can't say her name

Hawaii woman with long last name forces state to alter ID policy | Fox News:
January 1, 2014
A Hawaii woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally gotten the whole thing to fit on her driver's license and state identification card. Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has a surname that consists of 35 letters plus an okina, a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet. She received her new license and ID after her campaign to get her full name on the cards prompted the state Department of Transportation to change its policy to expand the number of characters that can appear.
 Computers suck.

And computer programming sucks, too, because the criteria of the original program ALWAYS changes when ... reality interferes with the tidiness that programmers have learned to expect.

This lady is completely right to expect that "practices" and "procedures" must accommodate reality.

Are the officials in Hawaii going to issue new drivers' licenses which are six inches long?

No Problem!

`A `ole pilikia


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was simpler in the old days. When people came ashore at Ellis Island, with unpronounceable lengthy names, the immigration officer just changed or shortened it to fit Anglo-Saxon sensibilities. Computers just complicate things.