What’s your name? It could break a computer.

The BBC recently posted a report on some names, such as Null or Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ ekahaunaele, which affect programs from bank software to driver licenses because they contain either too many characters or use a reserved word or keyword (null, bool, etc. depending on the programming language).

Individuals with those names often have to take a few more steps when opening a new bank account or apply for a driver’s license.

Fortunately,  WC3 has opened a discussion about this topic for standardization.


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