[Koha] Sorting Search Results for Arabic titles... Koha 3.14...

Layale Bassil lb26 at aub.edu.lb
Tue Nov 29 22:45:13 NZDT 2016

Hello Barton,

Thank you for your reply. The below suggestions have nothing to do with the question related to sorting.

I previously made these changes to make the search work in Arabic and I believe it is working. However sorting is not working for Arabic titles. I need to know how does sorting work and what should I do to make it work.

Below are some answers which I didn’t know how to apply.

Any help is highly appreciated.


From: Barton Chittenden [mailto:barton at bywatersolutions.com]
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 6:21 PM
To: Layale Bassil <lb26 at aub.edu.lb>
Cc: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
Subject: Re: [Koha] Sorting Search Results for Arabic titles... Koha 3.14...


The first thing you need to do is make sure that you've set up ICU chains, which enables internationalization in Zebra.

See https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/ICU_chains_configuration

After that, you may need to customize words-icu.xml. See the Arabic section of


On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Layale Bassil <lb26 at aub.edu.lb<mailto:lb26 at aub.edu.lb>> wrote:
Hello All,
We are currently using Koha 3.14 and we have imported around 2000 records to Koha which have Arabic and transliterated titles. I have two questions:

1-      When searching, the results are not sorted correctly if I select sort by Title (A-Z). I found 3 links online related to this topic: https://lists.katipo.co.nz/public/koha/2016-July/045731.html and this: http://lists.indexdata.dk/pipermail/zebralist/2015-March/002610.html and this: http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.misc.koha/19912/match=cyrillic+title. But I could not make it work for me. The search results are not being consistent. How does the sorting work? What is it sorting by when I select Title (A-Z)?

2-      I need to tell Zebra to search only in 245 subfields a and b! I don't want it to search in 245 subfield c (Statement of responsibility) because it is returning irrelevant results. How can I specify only subfields a and b for the search by title?
Thank you so much.

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