2018-06-11 20:19:16 UTC
recently we uncovered a not insignificant problem with the way Biber
sorts year fields for biblatex. In the investigation of that problem it
turned out that the current implementation of the `sortyear` field is
the cause of this problem. See https://github.com/plk/biber/issues/228
A proper solution to this issue would very likely require changes to the
sortyear field that will not allow common idioms such as '1984-0',
'1984-1', etc. to sort as before.
While the general sentiment is that sortyear is a kind of hack anyway
and should be replaced by a well-designed sorting template/scheme, we do
not want to ignore the possible impact that this change might have on users.
So we would like to find out how badly affected people would be by
changes to sortyear behaviour. Of course suggestions that get us out of
this dilemma as well as general observations and insights on the
prevalence of sortyear are also appreciated.
Feel free to join the discussion at
https://github.com/plk/biber/issues/228 or to answer here.