Boston radio and school closing/delay announcements

John Francini
Wed Feb 13 06:48:02 EST 2013

It really wouldn't take all that much coding to make the no-school apps sort the names in "library" order, where for sorting purposes compass directional names and articles (a, an, the) are considered to be attached to the *end* of the name with a comma.  .

Thus, in a no-school list for towns, you'd see:

North Andover
West Newton.
Beaver Country Day School
The Best School
Boston College

Now of course this would likely mess up people who have grown used to the incorrect (i.e., lazy) sorting, so I suppose you'd have to do both. (In other words, "West Newton" would show up in both the Newtons and the Ws on the list. If they're not being read aloud it doesn't matter so much.)


On 13 Feb 2013, at 1:02, A Joseph Ross <> wrote:

> On 2/12/2013 9:40 PM, Bob DeMattia wrote:
>> While we are on the subject, a pet peeve:
>> The towns/districts are listed in "computer alphabetical order".  Thus
>> towns like
>> "North Andover" and "North Reading" will be listed before towns like
>> "Northborough"
>> and "Northbridge".  This is because the computer includes the space
>> character
>> when alphabetizing the names - something my grade school teacher told me
>> not to do!
> Many things are changed by the needs of technology.  When I was in school, I learned that noon was 12:00 AM and midnight was 12:00 PM. Since the proliferation of digital devices, it has been the opposite.
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