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Re: [WMASTERS] Can we please develop a standard?


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A million thanks for crystallising where we are on our standardisation effort.

I too eagerly await Dr Kalyan's latest status report on it. Kalyan - I
believe we should be able to meet the 2 month target that we set when we
started this initiative, yes?

Many many thanks for the renewed impetus.


At 06:38 PM 10/2/97 -0700, Mani wrote:
>The draft proposed standard by Dr. Kalyan is almost there.  It addresses the
>needs of all possible implementations that we can think of.  Mr. Arun Mozhi
>raised some valid points regarding record sorting using the 8-bit code.
>Muthu explained his ideas to us about handling the sorting problem during
>his visit to the Bay area this past weekend.  I hope he gets some time to
>post the sorting algorithm and C/Java code to demonstrate the algorithm.
>I was concerned that user-defined sorting may not be available in the
>popular databases until UNICODE standard is established.  Muthu assured me
>that Oracle handles that in their current version.  Sybase supports similar
>functionality for their European users where culture specific sorting order
>is prevalent.  Microsoft's SQL implementation is based on Sybase technology;
>however, I have not verified that they can handle user defined sorting.   If
>there are database professionals in this list, I would like their feedback
>on the sorting issue.
>It appears to me that every possible technical issue that this list can
>think of has been addressed by Dr. Kalyan's proposal and it represents the
>best possible technical solution.  Let us just wait for Dr. Kalyan to
>rewrite his draft in the usual ISO style proposal unless there are explicit
>technical problems with the latest proposals.
>Mani M. Manivannan,
>Fremont, CA, USA.


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