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Re^2: [Culture] brian d foy name is allways lower case: why?by Anonymous Monk
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First, brian and brian d foy are perfectly reasonable symbols you chose to represent you. But they are not English at this point. The second you began imposing your own personal preferences on English to other English users they ceased to be English.
I don't have a problem with that. It's easy to think about that way, too: your style guide can be made much simpler. Post two icons:
and let editors of English, or any other language, do what they normally would do when incorporating non-English symbols into their texts.
You should then make explicit how one would pronounce these symbols. Funny how I don't see you mention that in the style guide. Are we to assume brian d foy is pronounced the same as the English proper name "Brian D. Foy"? And how would somebody hearing that name know how to represent it again in print without further context (which lends to my argument that your name is a symbol, and if verbalized as Brian D. Foy, would lose much in translation if then put back into writing).
(For example, you don't mention how to handle wrapping. Is brian <newline> d foy acceptable? What about cases where the lower-case 'b' is not available? Are we then to not print your name at all? Again, all of these lean toward the brian d foy is a symbol argument.)
What you shouldn't do -- or at least expect anyone to listen to -- is dictate to all users of a language that they must make a special exception to the handling of your name above its being one or two atoms (symbols). Instead of "if you normally start your sentences with an upper-case letter, then rearrange ..." etc., there'd be no need for that if you'd simply upload two images or vector graphics on how to render your symbol. Or perhaps just focus on the symbol vs name distinction, which would avoid your having to clutter English and other languages altogether.
Second point: you chose, measured by wasted cognitive energy and time, quite possibly the worst solution to the problem you were addressing, dude.
Third -- all the other examples? Those are symbols too. And as far as I know it's bell hooks (italicized, lower-case letter-looking symbol).