Arrange the following list in alphabetical order, then answer the questions below:
#!%&: Creating Comic Books
$35 a Day Through Europe
1-2-3 of Magic, The
1001 Arabian Nights
Albany, New York
El Paso, Texas
H20: The Beauty of Water
Hague, Netherlands, The
Lord of the Rings, The
New York, New York
Newark, New Jersey
Plzen, Czech Republic
Saint Nicholas, Belgium
St. Louis, Missouri
(The placed as the end of each title containing it as it is often ignored or disregarded)
a) Did you put The Hague under T or H?
I placed the H first as ‘The’ in an ordered or alphabetical listing is usually omitted.
b) Did you put El Paso under E or P?
I filed it under E because this list contains English words and is written in the English language, however, El also means ‘the’ in Spanish which (like mentioned before) is omitted from an ordered list. It may be placed in either depending on the list itself though, obviously with a list written entirely in the Spanish language it would be illogical to have it under the E and would thus be placed in the P.
c) Which came first in your list, Newark or New York?
I placed New York before Newark for a couple of reasons, if the space is considered to be a character/symbol then this comes before the character A. Additionally if we were to look at this list in terms of an ASCII table then the value of the space character (32) is lower than the value of an ‘a’ character (97). This is only when factoring the space though; otherwise the result would be inverted with A coming before Y alphabetically.
d) Does St. Louis come before or after Saint Nicholas?
I have placed St. Louis after Saint Nicholas primarily because though ‘St.’ is often an abbreviation of Saint, St. Louis is nearly always referred to as such and seldom expanded into the full word Saint. If it was to be expanded, surely the list would have it written for the sake of consistency.
e) How did you handle numbers, punctuation, and special characters?
I ranked the special characters (#!%&:, $, . ) before the numbers as this is how a majority of lists are often organized and doing so otherwise may result in confusion amongst the audience. In terms of ranking characters, I simply placed them alphabetically to allow easy navigation and for someone to locate what they were looking for without unnecessary effort.
f) Assuming the italicised terms are book titles, what might be a more useful way to organise this list?
There are numerous ways you could organise this list if the italicised items are book titles. Some include: by author name, category, fiction and non-fiction, date published amongst others.
The most logical way to be to attempt to separate the book titles from the other list entries, either in a separate list entirely or at the start of the list followed by the locations or vice versa.
g) If the cities represent places you’ve visited and the book titles are ones you’ve read, how could chronology be used to order the list in a more meaningful way?
If that was the case the best course would be to separate the two types of entries (books and cities) but retain chronological (presumably by date read and date arrived in city respectively) order for both of them. This would be best as it would avoid the confusion of having two different topics organised into one single chronological listing.
h) Look at how some of the other students have organised this information and comment on their blogs.
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