For example, in what order would you place "Bad Boys 2" and "Badlands"? For this you'd need to decide on the particular lexicographical ordering you want to use. There are three options:
- Remove spaces between words for the purposes of ordering. This would give us "BadBoys2" and "Badlands", and assuming we're not using case-sensitive ordering, "BadBoys2" would come first on the shelf.
- Consider a space as a character that is ordered before numbers and letters.
- Consider a space as a character that is ordered after numbers and letters.
I also discount "a", "an" and "the" for the purposes of ordering.
For completeness, I should say that I order numbers before letters. But there are exceptions - for example, I own both "The Fast and the Furious", and its sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious". This raises a problem - if I ordered it properly, the sequel would appear very near the start of my DVD collection, but logically, I would prefer it to be right after "The Fast and the Furious". Therefore, I have allowed sequels to follow their predecessor films, regardless of any change in title.
If you made it to the end of this entry - congratulations, you're probably about as pedantic as I am.
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