in reply to Proper case for names

If you wanted to get closer to your objective, you should shoot for "Proper case for names in the English language". IMHO, this is not a problem to be solved by perl or programming altogether. Wouldn't this be better tackled by handling the your data-entry methods?

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RE: (bbq) Re: Proper case for names
by nop (Hermit) on Sep 01, 2000 at 23:02 UTC
    Your point is well taken. Yes, entering clean data is easier than cleaning it later.
    However, I'm dealing with a large established database, with over ten million names. Errors do creep in over time...
      If you want a good method, you could try using large database of names for comparison (the phone book comes to mind) to figure out what is the likely correct capitilization of a name.

      Many companies avoid this problem all-together. Most of the bills (and other postal mail) that I receive only list my name in all-caps.