From: Mark E. Shoulson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 21:03:07 CDT
>Dean A. Snyders asks,
>>Why make something we do all the time more difficult and non-standard,
>>when what we do now works very well?
>Please, one thing to remember about default collation is that
>it's default. It's only there when no other instructions exist.
From my understanding of the situation, it is generally best to expect
that the default collation will provide a sort that is just barely
tolerable. It's only there as a fallback, to prevent utter catastrophe;
if you want sorting actually to work properly, you need a tailored one.
Since the requirements for sorting are so varied, no default will
satisfy everyone, so the default just has to do its best to avoid
completely screwing up--barely.
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