I'm working on a project that contains contacts (First name, Last name), and currently we're using ascending/descending to allow users to re-order the list, however, I'm facing a problem with treating special characters, since they are represented first in the ordering. Should I present them at the last? should I keep them first? What is the most advised experience here?


Why don't you ignore special characters and sort them based only on alphabetical characters?

  • That would result in users not finding the entries at the position they are looking for. – Timo Jul 6 '16 at 15:06
  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review – Mayo Jul 6 '16 at 15:23
  • If the special characters are part of the names I will delete my answer. I thought that there are random special characters just like in nick names. – Kristiyan Lukanov Jul 6 '16 at 15:27
  • I like this answer - as further clarification it would mean that "!AB" would appear before "AB" but after "AA" – Andrew Martin Jul 6 '16 at 15:41
  • @mayo I think the question here is rhetorical. – Andrew Martin Jul 6 '16 at 17:34

That also depends on language specifics. e.g. if you sort asc/desc in MySQL databases you can define a collation in which the textual data are given. German speaking users would sort differently form english speaking users.

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