[MPlayer-cvslog] CVS: main AUTHORS,1.176,1.177

Diego Biurrun diego at biurrun.de
Fri Apr 14 00:18:26 CEST 2006

On Thu, Apr 13, 2006 at 04:13:14PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 13, 2006 at 07:45:42PM +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> > > But as we have started discussion, could somebody explain me, why the
> > > format of the authors file is family name first?
> > 
> > I reordered the AUTHORS file a long time ago and put it in that order
> > because it is less ambiguous.  Hungarians use last name first, many
> > other countries have this custom and we basically had a mixed order,
> > some names were written last name first, others first name first.
> Can I ask why we don't just always write it in the order you say it?

Yes you can.  The answer is that the order "you say it" is different
around the world.  Some countries use first name then last name, others
use last name then first name, Hungary being a prominent example of the

This lead to the problem that names were put in mixed order in the
AUTHORS file.  Plus, since we have contributors from all over the world
it's sometimes hard to tell first name and last name apart in languages
you are not familiar with.

I'm not saying the current way is perfect, but it was done for a good


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