Re: Changing UCA primary weights (bad idea)

From: Markus Scherer (
Date: Mon Jul 12 2004 - 18:13:23 CDT

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    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.

    Best regards,

    Opinions expressed here may not reflect my company's positions unless otherwise noted.

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