Looking at this question on SO I noticed that the user name in two of the answers ("William Bettridge-Radford") is cut off mid-character on the right hand side:
(This is on Firefox 19.0 on Windows but I also see it on a much older Firefox on Linux.)
It is quite a long user name but I still don't think it should be cut off mid-character—if truncated the truncation should preserve whole characters, and there should be some indication that it has been truncated, like "William Bettridge-Rad..." or a fade-out effect.
Good user interface guidelines would seem to agree with me:
- Studies or experience on using faded text to indicate more content?
- Android text truncation guideline
- Truncating long text labels - Best Practices?
I am aware of this question which has been closed as a duplicate of this question which in turn has been tagged as status-bydesign. However that relates to the fact that the name is truncated at all, rather than the fact that the truncation is mid-character and not otherwise indicated to the user.
I also asked this meta-meta question about how to deal with this case, in case it looks eerily familiar :-)