## Re: sorting numbers

Subject: Re: sorting numbers
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:42:31 -0700

It's an *ASCII sort*. You might try some of these links (*How does a
computer sort numbers*) in arriving at a better descriptive:

> Chris

On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Lynne Wright
<Lynne -dot- Wright -at- tiburoninc -dot- com>wrote:

> That's insanely confusing.
>
> Sorting alphabetically means that you're sorting words (by letter).
> Sorting numerically means that you're sorting numerical digits (in
> ascending or descending order).
>
> The example in parenthesis doesn't help; it is neither sorted in numerical
> order, nor by what letters those numbers would start with if they were
> spelled out.
>
> It actually looks like they're saying that all numbers that start with 1
> will be listed, in ascending order; then all numbers that start with 2 will
> be listed, then all numbers that start with 3, etc.
>
> They're still all being sorted numerically though.
>
>
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> techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Laurie Little
> Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:19 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: sorting numbers
>
> Greetings, all
>
> A client's documentation says "Numbers will sort alphabetically rather than
> in numeric order (i.e. 1, 11, 2, 209, 33...)". Is this type of sort truly
> considered "alphabetical" or something else? When I read that my first
> thought was it sorted according to how the number was spelled (and indeed
> that was supported by the only online source I could find). That doesn't
> make sense in the real world, of course, and most likely people more normal
> than I would ignore the label and just look at the example to understand
> how
> numbers are sorted. But being abnormal/anal/a tech writer I *need* to
> figure
> out the proper label. Any opinions/suggestions/sources?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Laurie
>
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