sorting words ?
mark at livecode.com
Wed Dec 9 15:16:18 EST 2015
You explained the issue far better than me :)
The proposed meaning is the most sensible 'consistent' interpretation I think as it preserves the list structure if not the original data entirely.
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> On 9 Dec 2015, at 19:20, Geoff Canyon <gcanyon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Note that words can also be delimited by tabs and crs, which doesn't allow
> for a simple substitution for sorting by items/lines, and would make for
> some odd results pretty much no matter what method you use. There is also
> the fact that this is six words:
> this thing and this
> "thing right here"
> I *think* the sensible output to sorting the above would be:
> and test thing "thing right here" this this
> each separated by a single space, with no leading or trailing spaces.
>> On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM, <jbv at souslelogo.com> wrote:
>> Well, I don't want to keep this thread going forever but still...
>> I do understand Mark's explanations, but still I don't understand
>> this :
>> since this is allowed (and returns the expected result) :
>> get "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"
>> set itemdel to space
>> sort items of it ascending
>> why not have the engine temporarily replacing the current itemdel
>> with space, do the sorting of words, and then setting itemdel back to its
>> previous value... Of course this would be transparent to the coder...
>> Some will say "what's the use ? Simply set the itemdel to space"...
>> But this would allow words sorting, as well as sorting in more
>> complex data structures, such as words inside items inside lines...
>>>> On 2015-12-09 13:42, jbv at souslelogo.com wrote:
>>>> Hi Mark,
>>>> I am probably missing something, but items can be separated by multiple
>>>> itemdelimiters too, but nevertheless the sorting function works, as in
>>>> example :
>>>> get "12,5,,4,10,,,11,24"
>>>> sort items of it ascending numeric
>>>> it returns ,,,4,5,10,11,12,24
>>>> and no compilation error...
>>> Right - but:
>>> Is a list of 8 items - 3 of them empty.
>>> "the quick brown fox jumped"
>>> Is a list of 5 words - multiple item delimiters mean something, multiple
>>> spaces are just a single 'delimiter' in this context.
>>> Warmest Regards,
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