Re: Germa Umlaut (was: String name and Character Name)

From: Erkki Kolehmainen (
Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 06:06:48 CST

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    In fact,

    Svenska Akademien has now decided (in a broadly participated meeting on
    March 1, 2005) that v and w will be sorted separately, as distinct
    characters. The change will be implemented already in SAOL 13. Several
    other parties have indicated that they'll follow suit.

    Regards, Erkki I. Kolehmainen

    Hans Aberg wrote:

    > At 14:23 +0300 2005/04/26, Erkki Kolehmainen wrote:
    >> in Swedish the letters (a with ring above), (a with diaeresis) and
    >> (o with diaeresis) collate as separate letters after z in level 1.
    > In German, I recall (correct me if I am wrong) that is sorted the same
    > as a, except that is put later if the words are otherwise identical. Thus
    > lab lb lac
    > If would have been treated as a separate character in lexicographical
    > order, the sorting would have been:
    > lab lac lb
    > The Swedish alphabet does not really have w, but it is sorted as though
    > equal to v, in a similar fashion:
    > 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.

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