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Thread: Old-fashioned Swedish sort rules. Where can I report it?

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    Old-fashioned Swedish sort rules. Where can I report it?

    Traditionally w has been considered equivalent to v when sorting Swedish text strings (like Umlaut vowels in German). Since a couple of years this sort rule has changed. Now w is considered a full-blown letter, sorted right after v, like in English.

    Ubuntu 13.10 with LANG=sv_SE.UTF-8 sorts according to the old rule.
    Where can I report this old-fashioned behaviour? It should be changed.

    I guess this is a very unusual type of change. The rule changed with the 13th edition of Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL), published 2006.
    See e.g. http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svenska...a_spr%C3%A5ket

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    Re: Old-fashioned Swedish sort rules. Where can I report it?

    Now I have checked also in Svenska skrivregler, 3rd edition, ISBN 978-91-47-08460-9. The situation is not as clear-cut as I thought. There are two recommendations to choose from. Either sort w together with v as has been done for a long time in Sweden, or sort w after v as in most languages that use the Latin alphabet. Just be consistent in each alphabetically sorted list.

    Considering this dual recommendation, it's not (yet) time to ask for a change in Ubuntu. I think, though, that the right place to file such a request would be in Launchpad, https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu.

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