[Development] Using QCollator on different platforms, without ICU

Knoll Lars Lars.Knoll at digia.com
Thu Aug 15 14:49:51 CEST 2013

On 15.08.13 14:39, "Sorvig Morten" <Morten.Sorvig at digia.com> wrote:

>On Aug 15, 2013, at 1:13 PM, Knoll Lars <Lars.Knoll at digia.com> wrote:
>>> sortKey: the lack of OS X support is worrying... didn't they have just
>>> simple wrapper around ICU?
>> Yes, that's weird. I'd propose to load the required symbol dynamically
>> from ICU on Mac.
>This is not app-store safe - I will not sleep well at night if we go for
>that solution :)
>To me the main use case of QCollator is "compare these two strings
>according to the user locale". The app can't really know or control how
>the strings will be sorted, and on OS X there is actually an "Order for
>sorted list" setting which determines how. This setting includes options
>like Tradidional/Reformed/Phonetic for some languages.
>For more advanced use cases we should have the option of bundling
>ICU+data with the app.

The sort key is actually something that returns a key for a string that
can then by sorted by simple strcmp. This is relatively important if you
want to sort large lists in a fast way. So I wonder how this is being done
on OSX, as I do believe they've hit that use case as well.


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