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Short answer: Take a look at MySQL and different character-collations. Choose one and follow its rules. Or as @RHa and @cbeleites suggest find a library that provides locale-dependent sorting. Long answer: There are 3 different solutions for your problem (actually there are 4, but believe me, you don't want to realize the 4th ;) ) Rewrite every Umlaut to ...


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If it's not names you are dealing with, it would be best to ignore all diacritics when sorting (and count ß as ss). The only reason to deviate from this simple system lies in the unfortunate fact that German names show unpredictable variation between ä, ö, ü and ae, oe, ue. This has lead to phone books and library catalogues sorting e.g. Räder as Raeder, ...


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Gestern fand ich eher zufällig: tränenüberströmt. Adjektive kommen bisher bei euch noch gar nicht vor. Das Wort begeisterte mich so, dass ich heute erstmals schaue, ob sich auch andere schon diesem Problem gestellt haben. Danke für die anderen Vorschläge.


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I think that there does not exist a really convincing explanation. In point 3. you refer to Peter Gallmann who is a Swiss linguist and a long-standing professor for "Deutsche Sprache der Gegenwart" at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena. In his article he discusses various hypotheses concerning the history of printing and technical issues (typewriter)...


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There is no big controversy to me. Gallmann "admits" that the practical reasons (typewriter/french) also matter. But to say Switzerland dropped Eszett "because of technical reasons" would really be an simplification. So he argues on the other side also: it didn't fit the needs of Swiss German anyway. Or as I say: the Swiss have a small fight with almost any ...


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