Re: DIN 5007, Swiss Sorting

From: Markus Kuhn (
Date: Mon Mar 13 2000 - 09:17:56 EST

Michael Everson wrote on 2000-03-13 13:34 UTC:

Sounds convincing. You might add that ASCII ordering also did it always
that way.

Does DIN 5007 come with any rationale for its aA sorting order? If not,
then I suggest that like any standard without proper rationale, it shall
be doomed to remain ignored. This would be a good lesson for the authors
of future standards who think that adding rationales is not necessary.
Even if you simply tossed a coin to make an arbitrary decision when
writing a standard, at least say that this was your decision criterion.
With standards being revised and replaced by others frequently these
days, the design rationale has often more long-term importance than the
actual standard itself.


Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
Email: mkuhn at,  WWW: <>

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