Re: [greenstone-users] Sorting Issues

From John R. McPherson
DateWed, 01 Dec 2004 12:31:02 +1300
Subject Re: [greenstone-users] Sorting Issues
In-Reply-To (s1aaf7d6-089-groupwise1-duc-auburn-edu)
On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 05:19, Beth Nicol wrote:
> I have a Greenstone collection (in spanish, and one in French) that work
> really well except for one little problem:
> The titles for the documents in some cases begin with an accented
> character (e-grave, i-grave for example) or with the spanish upside down
> ? (I'm sorry, I don't know what the proper name for that is). These
> titles sort to the end of the alphabet, just before the 0-9 digits, and
> display in the AZList as a little block (unprintable character?)
> Is there something I can do to resolve this? Should they sort in the
> alphabet in the spot that my english-centric thought pattern thinks they
> should? Is there a way to make them do this?

I think the problem is that our AZ classifiers really are only
look at "A" to "Z" - ie in English. I think part of the problem
is that accented letters get sorted differently in different
languages. Eg in some languages, some accented A chars get sorted
after 'Z', and other accented A chars get sorted after 'A'.

That said, only considering english letters seems like a bit of
a cop-out, and I'm sure our classifiers could be improved