how would you state requirements involving sorting?

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Tue Jan 24 02:52:38 CST 2017

That requirement will probably really annoy speakers of some languages.


From: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at] On Behalf Of Eric Muller
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 10:44 PM
To: unicode at
Subject: how would you state requirements involving sorting?

Suppose you help somebody write requirements for a piece of software and you see an item:
Sorting. Diacritic marks need to be stripped when sorting titles

You know that sorting is a lot more complicated than removing diacritics, and that giving the directive above to a naive developer is going to lead to trouble. You know you want to end up with an implementation involving the UCA with a tailoring based on the locale. How would you suggest to reword the requirement?

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