Create a quine, that instead of outputting it's source, output's it's source QWERTY-sorted.

What is QWERTY sorting?

QWERTY sorting is sorting code by the QWERTY keyboard. Anything higher or more left is greater (q > Q, \ > /) with presedence on higher. To check, find the locations of the two characters to compare. Find which character occurs first in the following table (left to right, up to down). The first character is the smaller one.


(there is a trailing space and linefeed)


Code Golf -> eoodflGC 
Programming -> rroiagnmmP

(note trailing space on Code Golf)


  • Only characters in the above list are allowed in the source code!
  • This is .
  • Only Proper Quines are allowed (adapted to QWERTY sort).
  • Output must be in increasing QWERTY order.
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    \$\begingroup\$ You should make explicit that proper quines are required. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dennis
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 15:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ :D Jelly can't win this, it is mostly non-ascii!!! \$\endgroup\$
    – Riker
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 15:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος What part don't you understand? It reads pretty clear to me. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 15:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why is f > G > l? The keyboard diagram implies that all lowercase comes before all uppercase, but these examples imply that the upper and lower cases of a letter are right next to each other, i.e. qQwWeE... is sorted. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 16:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Anything higher or more left is greater" - This is somewhat ambiguous, what about w and a? w is above a but also to the right of it? I think you need to say which takes precedence. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 16:46

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CJam, 25 23 bytes


Thanks to @MartinBüttner for golfing off 2 bytes!

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How it works

{                   }_~  Define, copy and execute a code block.

   `                       Create a string representation of the code block.
  "_~"+                    Append that string.
       {          }$       Sort the characters by the following:
        "#$_+~`"`#           Compute the 0-based index of the character in that
                             string. Returns -1 if not found.
                           Since `$' is stable, all characters with tied index -1
                           will appear at the beginning, in their original order.
                           This places {{}} at the beginning, followed by

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