[R-SIG-Mac] a question of alphabetical order [follow-up]

[Ricardo Rodriguez] Your XEN ICT Team webmaster at xen.net
Thu Apr 17 11:23:28 CEST 2008

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> Your 'nightmare' does seems specific to Mac OS.  Your example is 
> collated correctly in all the es_ES locales on my Linux box, and also 
> in es_ES.UTF-8 on Solaris 10.
> We have no idea what data you collected to assert 'whatever platform 
> we use'.  UTF-8 locales on Mac OS X are the only instance in C where I 
> am aware of the use of Unicode point order (quite a few scripting 
> languages do it, though).  If the problem were widespread I would 
> expect it to be reported more than it is (and 'ls' output is 
> locale-specific in recent versions of Linux, and my IT team did get 
> several help requests about that).

I was clearly wrong. I must be more cautious in using this asseverations 
as I am a simple user with some experience working in Windows boxes,  a 
very recent nice feelings working with Mac OS X and a very short 
knowledge in Suse Linux 9.x. So it is not advisable pick up comments 
here and to pretend reach a solid conclusion. Please, accept my apologies.

Well, I am afraid I have to invest some hours trying to digest all what 
you have said here! I will come back as soon as possible with feedback.

Thank you so much for your time and insight.

Best regards,


Ricardo Rodríguez
Your XEN ICT Team

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