Process vs. Markup (was Names, Dates, Etc.)

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Jan 14 18:05:41 GMT 1999

W. E. Perry wrote:

> Some sense of how many
> layers of such cultural information must be stripped, and then re-introduced by
> degrees, is apparent in John Cowan's example of the sort order of Icelandic
> names.

Just so, though I would characterize it as "the Icelandic sort order of names".
The difference is subtle-but-profound: Icelanders may expect to see even
non-Icelandic names sorted this way, whereas non-Icelanders may expect to see
even Icelandic names sorted otherwise.

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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