by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/08/28 03:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/08/28/8902518.aspx
Clearing out some of the mailed-to-me questions that have come in through the Contact link....
Peter O. asks:
I read your stuff ... and learn lots.
I have been wanting to learn background stuff on collations as a general subject.
Can you point me to a succinct but clear book?
I don't actually know of any good books on the subject, in fact I know lots of good books that hardly mention it at all (ref: Some sort of order to collation) despite the fact that there are some linguistic elements involved (ref: Collation can actually be linguistic).
Books don't tend to cover a lot of the stuff that I think is really cool here, linguistically -- like the stuff I mention in Traditional versus modern sorts. I have even spoken at conferences where examples like those ande like the Turkish Iİiı or the way Lithuanian sorts Y after I or what a North Korean sort would look like there could be one on Windows manged to fuel the imaginations of people attending the presentation.
But a whole book?
I'd buy if I knew of one; if I thought I had enough information for it and i was qualified and that anyone would buy it I'd probably write one.
But I don't.
And I don't.
And I'm not.
And they wouldn't.
So I won't....
Though like I said if there were such a book, I'd buy it. I have purchased numerous children's alphabet books from different languages (mainly during the time that article was being discussed but some before that even), though those probably don't count. :-)
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Ned Holbrook on 28 Aug 2008 1:52 PM:
As a general overview of collation, one could do worse than chapter 15 of "Unicode Demystified" by Richard Gillam. This blog is still probably a better source for collation anecdotes, though. :)
Anonymous on 28 Aug 2008 11:34 PM:
+1 for "Unicode Demystified". I finished reading it a few weeks ago and I feel it was a good investment.
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