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Re: -> {"AX", "!D", "EX"}

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  • Subject: [mg76102] Re: -> {"AX", "!D", "EX"}
  • From: "Szabolcs Horvát" <szhorvat at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 05:32:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <f26nv5$4cl$1@smc.vnet.net> <200705140753.DAA23316@smc.vnet.net>

It may be related to the fact that strings may contain any fancy 2D
math expression.

Try this:
Sort[{"\!\(b\^2\)", "a"}]

Szabolcs

On 15/05/07, Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu> wrote:
> Me, too!
>
> Szabolcs wrote:
> > Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> >> The docs cited DO seem to say how strings are ordered: "as they would
> >> be in a dictionary....".
> >
> > Well, "as they would be in a dictionary" is a bit fuzzy, especially if
> > the dictionary contains anything else than English words ...
> >
> > Some programs even sort differently based on the language settings of
> > your operating system, and they do not always use single latin letters
> > as atoms.
> >
> > Anyway, I am really curious about what motivated this decision about
> > sorting. I hope that someone from WRI will explain it.
> >
>
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