RE: Umlaut and diaeresis

From: Karlsson Kent - keka (
Date: Thu Jun 24 1999 - 04:20:26 EDT

> > > Just to avoid a possible misunderstanding: The standard does not say
> > > "in names" but rather "in Namensverzeichnissen" (in lists of proper
> > > names, aka. rolls).
> >
> > In other words, so that the Muellers sort with the Müllers, but
> > not near the (nonexistent?) Mullers?
> Exactly this way you find it in all German telephone books.

Phone books (and similar) in general sort things specially. E.g.
one sorts several name variations under the most common spelling.
This should not affect the basic method of sorting/ordering/collation
of textual data. E.g. in a Swedish phone book, you will find 'Müller'
sorted as (nonexistent) 'Myller' (by general basic ordering rule for
Swedish) and 'Carlzon' sorted as 'Karlsson' (by a 'common spelling
for *this name*' rule). The latter, of course, does not apply in
general, but is similar to sorting according to data in an alternate
spelling field.

                /kent karlsson

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