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Regarding names, consider using double-quotes so you don't have to escape apostrophes in Irish or Italian names (e.g., O'Hara or D'Amato). I'd also recommend getting a good set of Regular Expressions to use, so you can output parts of your name fields (e.g., first initial, nickname, Jr/Sr, etc.).


Keep them together. You're describing vertical partitioning, which is generally only used when a table is getting really wide - dozens or hundreds of fields. Until and unless there's a compelling reason to separate them (e.g., a single blogger can have multiple profiles, for different blogs, audiences, or languages), there's no need to complicate the ...

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