Re: Re: sort and collating sequence
> xsl:sort gives "dictionary order", so what you see is according to > specification. As programmers we are used to sorting by ASCII code, > but this is intentionally different. > > >On Mon, 25 Feb 2002, Paul Bell wrote: > ..Hi All, .. ..I recently scoured the xsl-list digest in search of information about ..how the several xsl:sort implementations construe the notion of a ..'collating sequence'. My own observation is that xsl:sort (msxml3 at ..least) does a kind of 'semantic sorting'. For example, the values: .. ..aaa ..bbb ..ccc ..AAA ..BBB ..CCC .. ..sorted order="ascending" data-type="text" are presented as: .. ..aaa ..AAA ..bbb ..BBB ..ccc ..CCC .. ..I work at a company that knows a little about sorting and I find this ..sequence odd. Shouldn't it be: .. ..AAA ..BBB ..CCC ..aaa ..bbb ..ccc .. ..This behavior seems so wrong to me, yet it is so unremarked in the ..digest that I feel I must be missing something huge. Can anyone shed ..any light on the correctness of this behavior? Is it unique to msxml3? ..Can one use xsl:sort to produce what seems to me the proper sequence? .. There's no explicit rule what should be the result of xsl:sort. The XSLT 1.0 spec (http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt#sorting) says: "NOTE: It is possible for two conforming XSLT processors not to sort exactly the same." In fact, this is one of the reasons why it is not generally possible to create "100% portable" stylesheets. Therefore, the fact that an XSLT processor A sorts in different order than XSLT processor B, doesn't mean that either of these is wrong. Cheers, Dimitre Novatchev. __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Sports - Coverage of the 2002 Olympic Games http://sports.yahoo.com XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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