What happened to "logical" / non-numeric lexicographical / pure alphanumeric / pure UCA sorting?

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Jivan Pal

10 Feb, 2020 10:28 PM


To my knowledge, previous versions of Path Finder — it seems like prior to 2015 based on the historic support query [1] — supported sorting by filename where the Unicode Collation Algorithm (UCA) is applied, unlike in macOS Finder, where the UCA is applied, but numeric substrings are treated as numbers rather than sequences of bytes for the sake of sorting.

Is this past behaviour no longer available in recent versions of Path Finder (i.e. 7, 8, 9)? If it is, how can it be enabled? If it is not, why was the decision made to remove this feature? One of the most compelling reasons to use Path Finder is precisely because this feature was present, and it would be wonderful if this feature was re-added. See, for example, StackExchange post [2], which also details the desired behaviour.

[1] — https://support.cocoatech.com/discussions/problems/31373-alphanumer... [2] — https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/381772

Many thanks,
Jivan Pal

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