> unsolved some issues regarding sorting,
Perhaps, I should write a couple of examples where the issue of sorting
may possibly be of interest.
- Let's assume that two publications refer to something similar and a
researcher wants to know which was first to be able to refer to it. Maybe
a researcher comes to the library and asks a librarian: Which of these two
papers (published spring 2010 and fall 2010 respectively) was first. I
consider it could be good to be able to answer such a question.
- Another possible issue could be about bibliometrics, where (high
granular) chronology is often important. It's more and more common that
research libraries are requested to achieve some bibliometrical
calculations for their universities, for example, and it could be relevant
to be able to sort publications chronologically with the highest possible
Similar sorting problems could arise about whether summer and winter are
at the beginning, the middle or the end of a year.
Are these points of interest?
> not need anything so specific as
> location or country: it would only need
> something that says "north" or "south."
I agree, with the addition that "winter in the north" and "summer in the
south" would need to be unambiguously placed at the beginning or the end
of the year.