sorting slovak utf

Stano Paska paska at
Wed Dec 10 08:39:12 CET 2003

Serge Orlov wrote:
> "Stano Paska" <paska at> wrote in message news:mailman.256.1070955895.16879.python-list at
>>I had an imagination, that there is some easy way
>>to work with slovak, russian, english and german text in one application.
> Depends on what you mean "work". Upcase? Split words? Sort? Spell check?
> Translate? Display?

Get from database or text file, show in wxTextCtrl, upper, lower, maybe 
sort, store into database or text file.

>>I only change locale from sk_SK.utf-8 to ru_RU.utf-8, ... and system works.
>>Input and output are in utf-8.
>>Is this a fantasy?
> If you mean sorting, yes. Python does not have handy functions to do that.
> The good news is that the solution is only 10-15 lines away from you. You've
> been given all information in this thread. Let me summarize it:
> 1. Convert your input to unicode.
> 2. Use locale named 'Slovak' (see my previous post why)

On windows, 'slovak' works. I discover that 'sl' works too, but 'sk' 
does not (M$'s way of standardization?).

> 3. Use DSU trick to sort the words, here's the (untested) D part of it:
> def decorate(seq, locale_encoding):
>     return [(locale.strxfrm(s.encode(locale_encoding,'replace'),s) \
>                for s in seq]

Ok, I will try this.

> It's not as scary as strxfrm name implies.
> -- Serge.

Thanks for your time to explain me this.


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