Re: [VCARDDAV] Questions about vCard 4.0 (draft rev-11)

"Javier Godoy" <> Wed, 23 June 2010 07:43 UTC

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On June 22, 2010 11:03 PM, Daisuke Miyakawa wrote:

> Personally, I suppose it might be better to accept multiple SORT-STRING
> (0,n) and ask vCard composers to explicitly add PREF when they want to add
> preference information to them.

Since ORG is (0,n) now it makes sense to define SORT-STRING as (0,n), but each
ORG should be related to at most one SORT-STRING, thus preference is not
required (the preferred organization SORT-STRING is that of the preferred ORG

>Even when they cannot recognize multiple SORT-STRINGs, they can pick up one
>with the highest PREF value.

name.FN:宮川 大輔
org1.ORG;LANGUAGE=ja;PREF=80:日本の組織  # "Japanese organization"
org1.ORG;LANGUAGE=en;PREF=80:Japanese organization
org2.ORG;LANGUAGE=ja;PREF=70: もう一つの日本の組織
org2.ORG;LANGUAGE=en;PREF=70:Another Japanese organization
org2.SORT-STRING:もう ひとつ の にっぽん の そしき
NOTE: I don't understand Japanese...
 I'm just doing my best to understand this issue.

Note that the case of ORG is different from N, because language dependent
values may be specified. Maybe SORT-STRING should have a LANGUAGE parameter,
so that several SORT-STRING may be provided (when displaying English, it has
no sense to sort "Japanese organization" under "にほんのそしき", even if the
implementation supports it)

Besides, how are non-Japanese strings sorted among Japanese ones?

Does it help to interoperability if romanized SORT-STRINGs are provided
along/instead kana? Is it redundant? Is it ambiguous?
 SORT-STRING;nippon no soshiki

What would happen if some vCard authors use one approach and others use the

Best Regards