# Apalike-letters and non-English (Polish) characters (alphabibitem) [closed]

I'm using apalike-letters bibliography style which inserts heading for each first letter of authors' names. It works well for English letters but when a name starts with Polish letter it starts to get crazy. Consider following example:

Note that the order of the items is correct (Ł should be after L and Ś should be after S) but first letters of Łuszczewski and Śpiewak are replaced with their second letters.

I think that it is caused by purify function which strips non-alphanumeric characters from string (and Ł and Ś are not treated as alphanumeric) but I don't know how to change this. All I managed to do is to change Ł to \L but then Łuszczewski was inserted in L section which is not correct.

Any ideas how to change this?

You can find the whole project (with the style file in it) at http://piec.info/apalike-letters_test2.zip [76 KB].

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## closed as too localized by yo', Kurt, Werner, Stefan Kottwitz♦Jan 5 '13 at 22:57

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I don't think that you can use this style with initial other than plain latin characters. I tried to use bibtex8, but it fails. –  egreg Jul 2 '12 at 23:04
@egreg Actually I'm using bibtex8.exe -c cp1250pl.csf file in my real project. –  bpiec Jul 2 '12 at 23:08
I get can't start a style-file command---line 26 of file apalike-letters.bst and an empty .bbl file. –  egreg Jul 2 '12 at 23:11
Although you don't want to hear this (I know you mentioned problems with it in your previous question), but I really think you should try to get this working with biblatex and biber which have much better methods for sorting non-English alphabets. –  Alan Munn Jul 3 '12 at 0:47