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Sort order for Simplified Chinese (pinyin)

May 7, 2013 6:20 PM

Tags: #sort #framemaker #index #order #chinese #simplified #pinyin

FrameMaker 10 (Windows)


It seems that if I specify the sort order for Simplified Chinese (pinyin) on the reference page,

index entries that start with "i" and "v" are not shown under their corresponding group titles.

(I assume that this may be due to the fact that pinyin words never start with these letters.)


If I have an entry that starts with an English word like "IP," it appears under the "J" group.

I want the entry to appear under the "I" group. How can I do this?


I have the IX reference page set up as follows:


GroupTitlesIX paragraph

Symbols[\];Numerics[0];A;B;C;D;E;F;G;H;I;J;K;L;M;N;O;P;Q;R;S;T;U;V;W;X ;Y;Z;


SortOrderIX paragraph



I've also tried:


SortOrderIX paragraph



Thanks in advance.

Tak Osato

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    Dec 27, 2013 10:24 AM   in reply to osato_reg

    Just want to piggyback on this issue; I am also trying to set up Simplified Chinese index but the sort order came out different from what my linguist suggested.


    Tak, have you found any solution?

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    Dec 27, 2013 3:43 PM   in reply to osato_reg

    > I am manually editing the index every time I update it.


    Seems like it would be a modest one time effort, but less on-going effort, to use the trailing [sort-hint] markup on the Index Marker > Marker Text to work-around what appears to be a bug.

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    Dec 27, 2013 6:53 PM   in reply to osato_reg

    Search FM Help on:

    framemaker index marker building blocks


    There are a number of markups (building blocks) you can use in the Marker Text of a Marker of type Index, such as : (colon) ; (semicolon) [ ] (brackets) <$startrange> <$endrange> <$nopage> <$singlepage> <Character Format Name> <Default Para Font>


    Brackets in the Marker Text are used for sorting instead of the plaintext.


    Marker Text:



    causes "$sort" to show up under "S" in the index instead of under Symbols.

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