[Bug localedata/14641] New: Add a strftime()-like function for formatting human names

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             Bug #: 14641
           Summary: Add a strftime()-like function for formatting human
           Product: glibc
           Version: unspecified
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: localedata
        AssignedTo: unassigned@sourceware.org
        ReportedBy: bugzilla@tecnocode.co.uk
                CC: libc-locales@sources.redhat.com
    Classification: Unclassified

It’s useful that glibc’s locale data collects together different locales’ ways
of formatting names as name_fmt (lh.2xlibre.net/values/name_fmt/). However,
this is difficult to use, and requires programs to implement their own parser
for the field descriptors. This causes duplication of code and means all the
programs have to be kept up-to-date with any changes to the set of allowed
field descriptors.

Would it be possible to add a function similar to strftime() which will parse a
*name* format string and substitute values for its field descriptors?

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