Author Topic: "USA" alphabetically in front of "United Kingdom"  (Read 5151 times)

ian__white@hotmail.com

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"USA" alphabetically in front of "United Kingdom"
« on: December 03, 2003, 03:58:06 PM »
I have just registered with this forum
and in doing so I have entered details of
city and country.

The country is selected from a pull-down list
that appears initially at least to be sorted alphabetically

Except that is until you get to the "U"'s
where you discover that, after "Tuvalu" comes:

USA
Uganda
Ukraine
United Aram Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu

Can someone either explain this "anomaly" and preferably fix it

Or I shall have to abandon this forum in protest
at this "American" bias

Harumph ;-)
 

Pedaldog

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Re: "USA" alphabetically in front of "United Kingdom"
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2003, 04:54:38 PM »
Yeah!!!
Put the U.K. as far from the Bush Kingdomas possible!
 

Istanbul_Tea

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Re: "USA" alphabetically in front of "United Kingdom"
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2003, 06:16:13 PM »
Ahhh, seems logical to me...

the software is American made.

Of course I have no idea so I am speaking purely out my arse.
 

piggling bland

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Re: "USA" alphabetically in front of "United Kingdom"
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2004, 06:58:22 PM »
This could be to do with ASCII code - upper case being sorted before lower case.  I haven't checked so could be wrong.  In any case, my home nation is not included in the list.
 

Severn Bore

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Re: "USA" alphabetically in front of "United Kingdom"
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2004, 07:27:01 PM »
How long would the list need to be to include every nation on earth, including those no one realises are separate nations?[?]
 

Durban-Road

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2010, 11:01:51 AM »
USA is an initialised abbreviation. As such, they are always listed first in most dictionaries, (Under their appropriate letter of course). Could this be why it appears before Uganda etc.?

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I used to be indecisive; now I'm not so sure.