I think this is a relevant enhancement request:
http://quality.livecode.com/show_bug.cgi?id=21013

On Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 5:14 AM Brian Milby via use-livecode <
use-livecode@lists.runrev.com> wrote:

> That strange dictionary entry was due to a bug in the parser. It is fixed
> now (9DP11 does not have that bug, not sure about 8).
>
> Now, not sure about the actual sort issue...
> On Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 10:27 PM Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami via
> use-livecode <use-livecode@lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>
> > Well the dictionary has this cryptic entry
> >
> > "If you don't specify a sortType, the sortType is text.
> >     numbers)"
> >
> > ??
> >
> > I thought, wrongly so, sort alpha text, ascending, was the default
> >
> > sort line fld "imageIist"  # would get you want
> >
> > But the solution was simple
> >
> > sort lines fld "imageList" ascending text  # this gets want I need
> >
> > So, the default is mysterious; but, explicitly call, will work.
> >
> > BR
> >
> >
> >
> > Bob Sneidar wrote:
> >
> >     Hmmm... I ran into this a few days ago. If you sort numeric, and any
> > of the values are not numeric, the sort fails silently. I would have
> > expected it to sort with the affinity for numeric, but that apparently is
> > not how the sort command works. If you were to simply sort without the
> > numeric arguement, it would work, since your filenames are already padded
> > with zeros. If this needs to work with *any* file list, I think you may
> be
> > in trouble.
> >
> >     One option would be to iterate in a repeat loop through each line,
> > then iterate through each character, adding the current character to a
> > value then checking if the value is a number. When it's not, put char 1
> to
> > -2 of the value into item 1 of a new list, the actual filename into item
> 2
> > of the new list, sort lines of <list> numeric ascending by item 1 of
> each,
> > then iterate through the lies again, putting item 2 of each line in a new
> > list.
> >
> >     You could create a function that does this.
> >
> >     Bob S
> >
> >
> >     >On Mar 9, 2018, at 10:46 , PEL via use-livecode <
> > use-livecode@lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> >     >When you add text to a number, it ceases to be a number.
> >     >If you had a space between 01-11-04-09-_2018 and the rest of the
> line
> > you might be able to
> >     >sort lines of field “TheFiles” dateTime ascending by word one of
> each
> >     >Paul Looney
> >
> >
> >
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