[Fwd]: Response to Mark's message]

John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Wed Apr 9 15:56:01 CEST 2003

Martin Duerst scripsit:

> In effect, 'orthography' could go as far as including things such as
> number formatting or date formatting, and maybe even sorting.

The trouble is that it's not even clear that numbers and dates are tied
to the language or not.  I want my documents spell-checked as en-us,
but I like ISO dates rather than bogus American ones.  Must I set my
"locale" to Japanese?

In addition, collation is not really a data property, it genuinely is a
user property.  If I'm looking at Danish names, I want them collated in
English order, not Danish order, or I'm never going to be able to find anything.

John Cowan  www.ccil.org/~cowan  www.reutershealth.com  jcowan at reutershealth.com
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as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the
large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will
jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'"
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