Some names like "Aachen" are sorted wrongly in Norwegian
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Description

In Norwegian the bigram "Aa" is usually sorted as "Å", but in some cases like "Aachen" this is wrong. The solution proposed by Unicode is to use either U+00AD SOFT HYPHEN and U+034F COMBINING GRAPHEME JOINER, but as the former gives a hyphen in some cases where it should not, like Aachen, the preference is often to use the later.

Thus create an "entity" cgj for COMBINING GRAPHEME JOINER.

For a description of the codepoint, see w:Combining Grapheme Joiner.

A more involved solution is given at T175802: Collation sequences, failed contraction matches in Norwegian

jeblad created this task.Tue, Nov 27, 12:47 PM
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Change 476010 had a related patch set uploaded (by John Erling Blad; owner: John Erling Blad):
[mediawiki/core@master] Core: Added entity for "combining grapheme joiner"

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/476010

jeblad updated the task description. (Show Details)Tue, Nov 27, 1:16 PM

Change 476010 abandoned by John Erling Blad:
Core: Added entity for "combining grapheme joiner"

Reason:
This bug needs a solution, and there is a solution, but I doubt any change is going to be accepted.

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/476010

Seems like this is a non-existing problem, or rather "problem does not exist in my language".
Perhaps someone else can (and should) fix it.

cscott added a subscriber: cscott.Wed, Nov 28, 8:24 PM

I don't have any problem with using the unicode codepoint. I just don't think we should invent a bogus entity name for it. You can use the codepoint as a hex or decimal character reference in wikitext. Perhaps even file a bug with the W3C/WHATWG to add the &cgj; entity upstream. Many places in MW assume that the MW entity names correspond to valid HTML entity names; I don't think wikitext shouldn't have its own nonstandard entities.

jeblad removed jeblad as the assignee of this task.Thu, Nov 29, 7:23 PM