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bug#6007: en_US sorting is completely stupid.

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: bug#6007: en_US sorting is completely stupid.
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:42:39 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

Alan Curry wrote:
> Bob Proulx writes:
> > You don't like it and I don't like it but the-powers-that-be have
> Who's the "power" here anyway? Who do we have to impeach? Seriously. The
> "en_US" locale is an unmitigated disaster. It's officially called "not a bug"
> every time it comes up, which seems to be once a week on this list alone, so
> what volume of complaints is required to tip the balance to "all right it's a
> damn bug let's fix it"?

As far as I know, which isn't as much as I would like especially in
this case, it is implemented in libc.  Therefore it would need to be
addressed with libc folks.


But very likely the chain continues well beyond that point.  If you
find out, please educate me.

> From the name "en_US" one might guess that it represents the behavior
> expected by English-speaking users in or from the US. But those users have
> lived with computers for a generation or two. What they expect is
> ASCIIbetical. The only people who actually expect phone-book-style sorting
> are old geezers who remember what a phone book was. Most of them have never
> used a computer and never will, so why do we (and by "we" I mean whoever
> makes the locale rules) bend the default to accommodate them?

It would be nice to be able to set my locale to address@hidden or
address@hidden and get a better behaved collation sequence.


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