Sorting lists of lists by columns

Alex Martelli aleax at
Tue Mar 4 18:23:53 CET 2003

sismex01 at wrote:
> significant, then you'd need to reorder your tuple elements,
> sort, and then reorder again.  This is known in Pythonspeak
> as a "decorate-sort-undecorate" manouver :-)

Incidentally, I was looking it up, to attribute it properly,
but with Google's advanced group search the earliest mentions
I can find are by me in May 2001, and I'm pretty sure I did
not invent the name.  Can anybody help me with URLs to earlier
usage of the term?  Thanks!


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