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Re: Last Call: draft-ietf-imapext-sort (INTERNET MESSAGE ACCESS PROTOCOL - SORT AND THREAD EXTENSIONS) to Proposed Standard

2008-03-04 17:20:08
On Tue, 4 Mar 2008, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
The actual correct collation, assuming(!) surname-first collation and
Latin character ordering(!!), is:
due to where the surname is located in various cultures.
Is it a good idea to sort on the ordering of the sender's culture? If
the ordering is to be useful for the human user, it should be
according the receiver's culture, no?

My answer to this question is "yes to all of the above".

That is, a truly correct collation uses knowledge of both the sender's 
culture *AND* the receiver's culture; and the ways that these interact are 
not necessarily obvious.

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