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MoonKnight1
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:42:50 PM

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I am not complaining and I don't want to sound ignorant but I was wondering if I could get clarification or guidelines as to how titles are alphabetized when they have punctuation marks in them.

For instance, G.I. Joe comes up before Galactic Guardians - Star Wars is before Starblast, etc. Plus certain titles with a lot of sub-series seem haphazard to me. G. I. Joe vs the Transformers is ahead of G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero. I realize that the marks are ordered somehow, is there a framework I can look at? Are spaces counted as characters? I like the way numbers are treated, I've worked at places where 1st Issue Special would be filed under "F" for First, etc.

I know that I can organize my comics however I want but since I mostly use this site for selling I would like to keep my inventory as easy to access as possible. What I have been doing is alphabetizing without regard to spaces or punctuation marks.

To be clear, I am not criticizing, just looking for guidance.

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MoonKnight1 wrote:
I am not complaining and I don't want to sound ignorant but I was wondering if I could get clarification or guidelines as to how titles are alphabetized when they have punctuation marks in them.

For instance, G.I. Joe comes up before Galactic Guardians - Star Wars is before Starblast, etc. Plus certain titles with a lot of sub-series seem haphazard to me. G. I. Joe vs the Transformers is ahead of G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero. I realize that the marks are ordered somehow, is there a framework I can look at? Are spaces counted as characters? I like the way numbers are treated, I've worked at places where 1st Issue Special would be filed under "F" for First, etc.

I know that I can organize my comics however I want but since I mostly use this site for selling I would like to keep my inventory as easy to access as possible. What I have been doing is alphabetizing without regard to spaces or punctuation marks.

To be clear, I am not criticizing, just looking for guidance.

Thanks!
Howie
Personally I would prefer if all punctuation and spacing were ignored, however that's not how CCL does it. A space counts as a character and it precedes the letter "A". I think that pretty much covers all your examples. Star space Wars comes before Starblast because a space comes before a "B". G.I. Joe VS... comes before G.I. Joe: A... because a "space" comes before a ":".



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Exactly.

The CCL database organizes everything exactly.

G.I. Joe comes before Galactic Guardians, because it's "G" before "Ga."

Star Wars comes before Starblast, because STAR is a shorter word than STARBLAST.

Periods in titles breaks the word up. G.I. Joe before Galactic.

R.E.B.E.L.S. and S.W.O.R.D and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents are more examples of this.

After that, you'll see:

Avengers (1963)
Avengers/JLA
Avengers: The Children's Crusade

So, no punctuation, followed by a slash, followed by a colon. Oh, and ampersands (&) go before everything.

This is really just how a typical computer organizational spread works. Type the three titles into an Excel spreadsheet and order it to alphabetize it, and it'll do the same thing.
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I don't use Excel so I'm not familiar with that. Does the period count as a space?

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:52:33 PM

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It's not specific to Excel, it's Windows (and all modern computer operating systems) in general.
Period counts as a period.

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