Re: Danish & Norwegian sorting

From: Keld J|rn Simonsen (
Date: Tue Sep 15 1998 - 16:11:28 EDT

> At 19.34 -0700 98-09-14, Brendan_Murray/DUB/ wrote:
> >I'm receiving conflicting requirements for these characters, as well as
> >confusing information about collating borrowed words containing A/O/U with
> >diaresis (umlaut). My understanding is that the correct sort sequence is:
> > A, B, C, .... X, Y, Z, AE/, OE/, AA/

A short note on Danish, in addition to what I wrote earlier:
AE and are not equivalent, and OE and are not equivalent.
AA and is equivalent. An exampla: sukkerroer and sukkerrr
The first is some kind of greenery (sugar beet) that we can grow in
Denmark, the latter is also what they make Rhum of on Cuba (sugar canes)

> Note that swedish sorting normally is:
> A, B, C, D, /E, ... , V/W, X, Y, Z, , ,
> Note the different order for the three last characters, and that 'V' and
> 'W' "normally" is sorted together. Sometimes though, 'V' and 'W' is sorted
> differently. I guess (should I know as a swede? ;-) the difference might
> have to do with the question _what_ you are sorting. Just words, or names?

There are two standards in Sweden - to my knowledge, a Swedish standard,
From the Swedish Institute of Standardization (member of ISO)
where W and V are different, and a Teknisk Norm from Statskontoret
(IT department for the Swedish state) wher W and V sorts together.


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