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

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  • Subject: [mg76203] Re: [mg76074] Re: -> {"AX", "!D", "EX"}
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 06:15:44 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <f26nv5$4cl$> <> <f2btqs$igu$> <>
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None of the discussion so far explains the seemingly different behavior of


on the one hand, and

    Sort[{"A", "!", "E"}]

on the other hand.

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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