Sunday, July 31, 2005

Degrees of anality

My 2650-track "main playlist" of my favorite songs has been completely alphabetized by hand, so 311 sorts right before Thunderball, and 10,000 Maniacs sorts right before Thievery Corporation. I wish there were a way to tell Winamp (or Windows Media Player, or any other software) that "311" should be sorted as if it were "Three Eleven," not just DIGIT THREE, DIGIT ONE, DIGIT ONE in Unicode. Windows is already smart enough to sort File31 before File101; ignoring spacing and punctuation and replacing numbers with words and allowing user-defined substitutions (like the example I just gave) would be wonderful. Sadly, I don't think that enough people besides me probably care about sort order for this to happen.


Andy Rutledge said...

It would be nice if it could sort it automatically, but it would probably translate "311" into "Three Hundred Eleven" instead of the way us "hip" people would would say it.

Travis said...

Right; that's why I'd like to set up a list of substrings that get special treatment for sorting. It would be a feature specifically for those of us who are particularly anal.

Even if it translated it into "Three Hundred Eleven," LATIN CAPITAL LETTER T is still a lot closer to its correct sorting location than DIGIT THREE.