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   Re: Process vs. Markup (was Names, Dates, Etc.)

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 13:04:20 -0500

W. E. Perry wrote:

> Some sense of how many
> layers of such cultural information must be stripped, and then re-introduced by
> degrees, is apparent in John Cowan's example of the sort order of Icelandic
> names.

Just so, though I would characterize it as "the Icelandic sort order of names".
The difference is subtle-but-profound: Icelanders may expect to see even
non-Icelandic names sorted this way, whereas non-Icelanders may expect to see
even Icelandic names sorted otherwise.

John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@ccil.org
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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