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I’m trying to write an app that is localized for both Japanese and English (for now), and I need to construct full names for people in the AddressBook.

The problem is that in Japanese and who knows what else, last names go before first names in a full name.

Okay, so panther provides information as to ordering in the ABPersonFlags property of an ABPerson, but I can’t figure out how to interpret the info.

The ABPersonFlags property is used to access the following settings:

Figured it out. For anyone who else who wonders, this code will compute the name order for a person.

ABAddressBook *addressBook = [ABAddressBook sharedAddressBook]; ABPerson *person = addressBook people] objectAtIndex:0]; BOOL lastNameGoesFirst;

int nameOrderFlags = [[person valueForProperty:kABPersonFlags] intValue] & kABNameOrderingMask;

if (nameOrderFlags == kABDefaultNameOrdering) { nameOrderFlags = [addressBook defaultNameOrdering]; }

if (nameOrderFlags == kABLastNameFirst) { lastNameGoesFirst = YES; } else { lastNameGoesFirst = NO; }

Apparently this is what you need to do in order to display a [[ABPerson object. Dunno why this isn’t in the API.

@interface ABPerson (MyABPersonAddition)

@implementation ABPerson (MyABPersonAddition)

int nameOrdering = (personFlags & kABNameOrderingMask); if (nameOrdering == kABDefaultNameOrdering) nameOrdering = [[ABAddressBook sharedAddressBook] defaultNameOrdering]; NSMutableString *outDisplayName = [NSMutableString string]; if (title) [outDisplayName appendFormat:@”%@ “, title]; if ((nameOrdering == kABLastNameFirst) && lastName) [outDisplayName appendFormat:@”%@ “, lastName]; if (firstName) [outDisplayName appendFormat:@”%@ “, firstName]; if (middleName) [outDisplayName appendFormat:@”%@ “, middleName]; if ((nameOrdering != kABLastNameFirst) && lastName) [outDisplayName appendFormat:@”%@ “, lastName]; if (suffix) [outDisplayName appendFormat:@”%@ “, suffix]; // delete trailing space [outDisplayName deleteCharactersInRange:NSMakeRange([outDisplayName length]-1, 1)]; return outDisplayName; } else { return [self valueForProperty:kABOrganizationProperty]; }

} @end