Re: DIN 5007, Swiss Sorting

From: Martin J. Duerst (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2000 - 02:35:08 EST

At 22:17 00/03/11 -0800, Tex Texin wrote:
> Thanks for the information Alain.
> I have a user that is making claims about an old Swiss collation.
> I think he is fine with our algorithms for sorting, but wants
> some accented characters treated differently. I could just
> adjust tables to give him what he wants, but if it is close to some
> standard
> I prefer to give it a proper label and synchronize all the
> characters exactly, instead of just the few he expressed concerns
> about. Also, it wouldn't be the first time a user completely
> fantasized what the sort ordering should be, so I like to seek
> other evidence.
> Ever hear of an old Swiss collation? Or is there a recent
> change in Swiss collation?

Being Swiss, and having served in the Swiss military, I remember
that some of the books and booklets used there had indices
with separate headings for 'St' and 'Sch' (and probably also
for 'Ch' and 'Sp', i.e. these letter combinations were treated
similar to the Spanish 'ch'. That was for German, not for
French or Italian.

But I have no ideas about the details, nor do I know if that's
what your customer is after.

Regards, Martin.

#-#-# Martin J. Du"rst, I18N Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium

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