[mythtv] "A", "An", and "The" for sorting - ticket 3048

Dan Wilga mythtv-dev2 at dwilga-linux1.amherst.edu
Tue Feb 6 14:27:38 UTC 2007

Being a sometimes radio DJ, I have to chime in about why this is a 
fruitless discussion. Consider the rules traditionally used in 
alphabetizing media in a record store:

- ignore articles and special characters (a, an, the, ".", "...")
- treat numbers (10,000 Maniacs) as their written equivalent (ten thousand)
- when the band's name is that of a person in the band, alphabetize 
by the last name--but not when the name is unrelated to the band 

This last one is the most difficult, since it requires a human being 
to know that Janis Joplin should be alphabetized using "Joplin" 
because that's really her last name, but that Jethro Tull should be 
alphabetized using "Jethro" because nobody in the band has that name.

IMHO, unless you're able to include all three of these criteria, you 
might as well just sort the band name exactly as-is.
Dan Wilga                                                        "Ook."

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