From: Jukka K. Korpela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jul 10 2006 - 09:57:59 CDT
Andreas Prilop wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jul 2006, Cristian Secară wrote:
>>I have to make an spreadsheet with a few accented characters and
>>their coverage for a few languages. How do I sort them alphabetically ?
> You ignore all accents;
I respectfully but strongly disagree. To start with, the data apparently
contains characters or strings that differ only in the use of accents
(diacritic marks), and they must appear in _some_ order. Ignoring all
accents is thus not an option.
> see ISO 7154 and ISO/TR 8393.
They are bibliographic filing standards from the 1980s. Whatever their
current applicability in bibliography might be, this does not sound like
a bibliographic context at all.
> When you have only "a few accented characters" you don't need
> to bother whether "â" or "ă" comes first.
Since they must inevitably appear in _some_ order and since there is no
compelling reason to put them in a particular order, there is little
reason not to use the order defined by the Unicode Collating Algorithm.
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