Is alpha order obsolete?

Weinberger reports on a conference session about the invention of alphabetical order, developed a new type of reader: not a scholar who reads continuously but someone who looks things up.” The prevalence of search engines is rederning other kinds of indexes less important.

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  1. ARGH! No way… We’re always going to need a standard, agreed-upon way to sort lists. It’s a matter of scope. Finding a group of things via a search or hyperlink is great to limit the range of possibilities, but once you have a decent-sized (i.e n > 7) group of items with the same or very similar context, have no additional filters to reduce your scope, and want to facillitate scanning (which is also a valid lookup mechanism), you need a deterministic standard for listing or else you have chaos.

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