Re: Umlaut and diaeresis

From: John Cowan (cowan@locke.ccil.org)
Date: Tue Jun 22 1999 - 11:34:32 EDT


Keld J|rn Simonsen wrote:

> Well, the aa is sorted as an also in foreign words and names
> according to official Danish sorting rules as prescribed by the
> "Retskrivningsordbogen" approved by Danish parliament, when
> the "aa" denotes one sound, such as in the german city Aachen or
> the Dutch word kraal.

And rightly so. Sorting, after all, is done for the benefit
of the user of the sorted content. It benefits me nothing
(supposing I know no Danish) to have Danish names in "aa"
sorted somewhere after Z; I want them sorted at the beginning
of the As. A Danish person would have the opposite expectation.

-- 
John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@ccil.org
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)



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