[XeTeX] how to customize sorting order of characters in index

Kamal Abdali k.abdali at acm.org
Mon May 14 02:17:38 CEST 2018


Thanks for responding promptly and offering to help.

The Urdu letters, in their sorting order, are as follows:

آ ا ب پ ت ٹ ث ج چ ح خ د ڈ ذ ر ڑ ز ژ س ش

ص ض ط ظ ع غ ف ق ک گ ل م ن ں و ہ ھ ء ی ے

As you mentioned the following letters never start a word:

ھ ء ے

And   ں   occurs only at the end of a word. (Urdu is working hard to create
more challenges for its learners -:) ). But all the letters need to be
included in the sorting order.

​hanks in advance,

Kamal Abdali

On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM, Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>

> I do not know how to do it in imakeindex but I could do it in xindy. I
> have an Urdu-Hindi dictionary so I can find the sort oder of most
> characters but I do not know where to put bari yeh (ے), dochashmee he (ھ)
> and maybe a few more characters that never appear at the beginning of the
> word. This is not too much work, if you give me the correct order of all
> characters (including alif maqsura which appears in words like موسی), I can
> make it (but it may take a few days, I am currently quite busy).
> Zdeněk Wagner
> http://ttsm.icpf.cas.cz/team/wagner.shtml
> http://icebearsoft.euweb.cz
> 2018-05-14 1:04 GMT+02:00 Kamal Abdali <k.abdali at acm.org>:
>> I'm using polyglossia and imakeindex to produce an Urdu document. The
>> sorting order of letters in the index is wrong. The order is according to
>> Arabic, but Urdu has about 9 more letters which are being pushed after the
>> Arabic letters in the index. I couldn't find an option to fix this in the
>> imakeindex style file. It probably should be specified in polyglossia but I
>> don't see a way there either. Any suggestions please?
>> Kamal Abdali
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