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Zoho Deluge: Proper Case for Names

This is an open article without any completion in mind; to set the proper case of a name, as in capitalize the first letter, lower case the rest but then with exceptions.

Some of the Zoho Apps are incredibly case-sensitive and consider some records containing people's names as duplicates, when actually they are the same entity but may have uppercased a letter in their name while the other entry does not...

This article is a start and adaptation of my previous article Convert to Proper Case in T-SQL which I had previously used for the migration of a HR system. This is intended to work using Zoho Deluge.

There are a number of combinations that I won't have thought of but the below code sufficed for my current task, common English and some European names:

// set first and last name
v_FirstName = "BILLIE-JO";
// let's deal with double or triple barrelled first names
v_FirstName = v_FirstName.replaceAll("-", " :|JOEL|: ", true).proper();
v_FirstName = v_FirstName.replaceAll(" :|joel|: ", "-", true);
// Names starting with Mc, O', D', I'
l_ExceptionPrefixes = {"Mc", "O'", "D'", "I'"};
// deal with double barrelled surnames
l_FormattedLastName = List();
l_LastNameParts = v_LastName.toList("-");
for each v_LastNamePart in l_LastNameParts
	// default to proper
	v_LastNamePart = v_LastNamePart.proper();
	// if exception prefixes
	for each v_Prefix in l_ExceptionPrefixes
			v_LastNamePart = v_LastNamePart.replaceFirst(v_Prefix,v_Prefix + " :|JOEL|: ", true).proper();
			v_LastNamePart = v_LastNamePart.replaceAll(" :|joel|: ", "", true);
	// add back to our hyphen separated list
v_LastName = l_FormattedLastName.toString("-") + " ";
// affix exceptions
l_Exceptions = {" II", " III", " the ", " de ", " of ", " van ", " and "};
for each v_Exception in l_Exceptions
	v_LastName = v_LastName.replaceAllIgnoreCase(v_Exception, v_Exception, false);
v_LastName = v_LastName.trim();
// join all together
v_FullName = trim(v_FirstName + " " + v_LastName);
info v_FullName;
// yields: Billie-Jo McDonald-O'Leary II of Cambridge-Worcester-Oxford
  1.  // 
  2.  // set first and last name 
  3.  v_FirstName = "BILLIE-JO"
  4.  v_LastName = "MCDONALD-O'LEARY ii OF CAMBRIDGE-worcester-OXFORD"
  5.  // 
  6.  // let's deal with double or triple barrelled first names 
  7.  v_FirstName = v_FirstName.replaceAll("-", :|JOEL|: ", true).proper()
  8.  v_FirstName = v_FirstName.replaceAll(:|joel|: ", "-", true)
  9.  // 
  10.  // Names starting with Mc, O', D', I' 
  11.  l_ExceptionPrefixes = {"Mc", "O'", "D'", "I'"}
  12.  // 
  13.  // deal with double barrelled surnames 
  14.  l_FormattedLastName = List()
  15.  l_LastNameParts = v_LastName.toList("-")
  16.  for each v_LastNamePart in l_LastNameParts 
  17.  { 
  18.      // 
  19.      // default to proper 
  20.      v_LastNamePart = v_LastNamePart.proper()
  21.      // 
  22.      // if exception prefixes 
  23.      for each v_Prefix in l_ExceptionPrefixes 
  24.      { 
  25.          if(v_LastNamePart.indexOf(v_Prefix)==0) 
  26.          { 
  27.              v_LastNamePart = v_LastNamePart.replaceFirst(v_Prefix,v_Prefix + :|JOEL|: ", true).proper()
  28.              v_LastNamePart = v_LastNamePart.replaceAll(:|joel|: ", "", true)
  29.          } 
  30.      } 
  31.      // 
  32.      // add back to our hyphen separated list 
  33.      l_FormattedLastName.add(v_LastNamePart)
  34.  } 
  35.  v_LastName = l_FormattedLastName.toString("-") + " "
  36.  // 
  37.  // affix exceptions 
  38.  l_Exceptions = {" II", " III", " the ", " de ", " of ", " van ", " and "}
  39.  for each v_Exception in l_Exceptions 
  40.  { 
  41.      v_LastName = v_LastName.replaceAllIgnoreCase(v_Exception, v_Exception, false)
  42.  } 
  43.  v_LastName = v_LastName.trim()
  44.  // 
  45.  // join all together 
  46.  v_FullName = trim(v_FirstName + " " + v_LastName)
  47.  info v_FullName; 
  48.  // 
  49.  // yields: Billie-Jo McDonald-O'Leary II of Cambridge-Worcester-Oxford 

  • This solution does not cater for the Mac prefix; because "Mackayla", "Macie", "Maci", "Macala", "Mack", "Macoy", "Macey", "Macedonia"...

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