I bought Fiona an iPad for Christmas. (So far she’s used it mostly for playing Bejewelled Blitz.) One of the nice extras that Apple offers is personalised engraving on the device. I wanted to use this to include Fiona’s name and email address, using the old RFC-822 standard format Name <emailAddress>. But no:
And I just want to shout: “why not?” How can it possibly hurt Apple if I have angle-brackets engraved on my wife’s iPad? Surely it can’t be that they pass the message embedded in an XML document and they’re incapable of escaping < into <? If it’s that, then am I allowed to use ampersands? Because the text doesn’t say I’m not to.
And what happenes when Rafa Benítez wants to buy a iPad? People do have accents in their names, you know.