I looked up a website (page link here) and noticed this at the bottom of the page (one of the few times that I managed to scroll that far):

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It shows a toggle being used to sort the comments added at the bottom of an article, which is something that I haven't seen before (at least used in this scenario).

This is a different pattern to the ones usually used for tables, i.e. dropdowns for filtering or header rows for sorting. I am thinking about the usability of this design pattern and whether it is something that has been specifically created for a mobile first design of a long page.

Any other similar implementation example that anyone has picked up from other types of sites?

  • The state of the toggle button oldest/newest in the screenshot results in showing the oldest comments first. Some people might find that logical, but for me it isn't. A good reason to stay away from this kind of toggle buttons.
    – jazZRo
    Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 7:09
  • I totally agree with @jazZRo here. Sorting comments by default to show the oldest comments first doesn't make sense at all. As a user, I want to see the newest comments first or the most popular comments. That's just a filter converted into a toggle.
    – Lonut
    Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 9:09

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I wanted to make a simple comment but I don't have the reputation yet ;). Apple is using this type of button (scope button) in some of its app's but its NOT the same way as your screenshot. Apple gave a fine explanation on how to use the scope button:

Clicking a scope button restricts the scope of content, such as search results, within the view... More here

scope button in MacOS

I (personally) think scope buttons are very nice. They work exceptionally well on mobile (app's). Take a look at this screenshot from the photos app on an Iphone. The Years, Months, Days, All, are all a very clear example on how to use the scope button.

scope buttons on IOS

Hope it helped you! Greetings

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    +1 the longer answer is welcomed :) Sometimes a short comment isn't enough :D
    – Michael Lai
    Commented Apr 8, 2020 at 20:44

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