From: Markus Scherer (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 12 2004 - 18:13:23 CDT
Mark Davis wrote:
> So the question is whether Sybase tailorings, such as German, will be
> affected positively or negatively, and to what degree. If a German customer
> is accessing a database full of European names, and expects to find Ę with
> E, and Ą with A and Ż with Z and Ł with L, then he will be right *except*
> for the last one.
I am quite sure that DIN 5007 (the German collation standard) specifies an ordering like what John &
Mark have proposed - for primary weights, strip accents etc. While it is still hard to implement
something _completely_ conformant to DIN 5007 (try numeric sorting of roman numbers), it would be
nice to get a bit closer.
[I am still looking for my copy of DIN 5007. Insert complaint about such standards not being online.]
Also, intuitively and personally, I would much prefer if ø and ö and such were all "interleaved"
with o, for the reasons several repliers stated.
I don't see eng and other such letters in John's list, by the way, which should ease Michael's
concern about interleaving eng with e.
As for sorting IPA, I think it's a non-issue for most of its users because they will see IPA in
dictionaries which are sorted for the language, not for the pronunciation.
-- Opinions expressed here may not reflect my company's positions unless otherwise noted.
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