From: Hans Aberg (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 05:43:49 CST
At 14:23 +0300 2005/04/26, Erkki Kolehmainen wrote:
>in Swedish the letters å (a with ring above), ä
>(a with diaeresis) and ö (o with diaeresis)
>collate as separate letters after z in level 1.
In German, I recall (correct me if I am wrong)
that ä is sorted the same as a, except that ä is
put later if the words are otherwise identical.
lab läb lac
If ä would have been treated as a separate
character in lexicographical order, the sorting
would have been:
lab lac läb
The Swedish alphabet does not really have w, but
it is sorted as though equal to v, in a similar
avk awk avl
In English, where v and w are sorted as distinct characters, one gets:
avk avl awk
This just illustrates how difficult it is to
properly pin down the notion of a character, as
it may vary with the context.
-- Hans Aberg
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