In the past I have made sorting routines for Sanskrit and other Indian
languages, which has the same alphabetical structure as Lao (Lao script is
actually a derivate of the Indian script system). I found it much too
tedious to try and sort the Indian script itself, represented in Unicode, but
instead I first had Perl change the text into a Roman transliteration, sort it,
and then turn it back into Unicode. Of course, you must make provisions to
move prefixed vowels to behind any consonants in the transliteration. Then I
think BrowserUk's second approach will work just fine (I myself used a much more crude and
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