Technical problem: attribute value normalization. Runs of whitespace
inside a string are collapsed into a single space, and leading and
trailing spaces are truncated. In your first example, by the time the
attribute value reaches your application it would be "The" not "The ".
You *might* be able to make it work with
<mainTitle nonSort="The&x20;">Best of times</mainTitle>
Ugly, and error-prone when entering data by hand.
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As for nonSort, just to be contrary, THAT I would like to see as an
attribute. I'm uneasy with nonSort just floating around amid a bunch
other elements. My definition would limit it to the beginning of the
<mainTitle nonSort="The ">Best of times</mainTitle>
<subTitle nonSort="an ">essay on entertaining</subTitle>