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Questions tagged [sorting]

any process of arranging items in some sequence and/or in different sets

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How to show important items at the top in an ordered data table

I am creating an application for a client, it's essentially a large data table with many rows that they use to monitor the status of systems (each row is a different system). Some of the columns track ...
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Why is it often not possible to un-sort a table?

When data is presented in tables, it is often crucial to be able to sort the table rows by one column. Usually this is achieved by making the header of the columns clickable, and showing pointers like ...
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Which of these is the right way to let people reorder columns in a table

I have a data table where I present live sensor data for comparison. There are atleast 10 columns on the screen at all times and the user can add upto 100 columns by toggling them Some columns are ...
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Windows vs. Linux file managers: Sorting triangles point in opposite directions?

Windows Explorer's sorting triangles: ▼ Larger and newer files first. Various Linux file managers: ▼ Smaller files first. ▲Larger files first. Why is there possibly that distinction? And which one is ...
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Opposing sorting direction

The problem: We have 2 screens in our app where the scrolling chronological is reversed (one page scroll in ascending chronological order and the other descending). From a UX point of view, this seems ...
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How to sort a table which has live data coming in from websocket?

I have a table where I display several columns with numbers in them and people can sort them in ascending or descending order. The one major problem is let's say I had 4 numbers 1 5 2 3 and I sorted ...
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Sorting parent objects with multiple children

I'm working with an application for the construction industry which lets users manage and organize their daily jobs. Part of this app is a view in which you can add jobs and assign cost codes (the ...
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Complex filtering

I have a data table that needs complex filtering. It is that kind of interrogation that needs "GROUP BY any-of-the-column" "WHERE any-of-the-column = value" "SORT BY any-of-the-column". I know ...
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Alphabetical grouping of accented words

We have a list of countries in our UI where the design prototype groups the countries by initial letter. The country names change by language, so the grouping also changes. This also means that the ...
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Sorting navigation elements based on tracking data

We have a huge site where the order of the main navigation is not reflected by the usage of these. e.g.: Current: Category 1 , Category 2, Category 3. Category 3 is by far -14:1- the most ...
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Sorting by table column with dropdown in the header

I'm wondering if the following makes sense. Please note, splitting the information into separate columns is not an option due to too many columns. Column 1: there are more time stamps the column ...
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Sorting a list containing text and emojis

We have a mail client that displays the folders of the mail account in a list. I am not sure, how to sort the folders when the user has "strange" folder names like emojis. This should not be ...
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How to provide ordering and sorting functionality in a table for creating reports

My purpose is to create a report which shows the size of set/s. For this, I am taking in minimum size & maximum size for each set. Along with it, I am supposed to capture the order type and the ...
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what is the criteria for displaying invalid data in a list?

I have an App that is holding a list of gas stations and those can be sorted by Price so the user can see first the ones with cheaper prices... now, the requirement is that if the price I get from ...
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List sorting: Does “the [x]” go under T or under [x]

Say you have a list containing: some movie some movie 2 the some movie the third movie another movie the normal movie By normal sorting the list would end up like: another movie some movie some ...
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What is the best practice for data table filters?

For best user experience, what is the best practice for data table filters with 10+ columns ? User's Goal: The user is trying to filter the list using of various filter types dates, number and ...
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Accessibility for a Draggable, Droppable and Sortable component

This is a component that I'm trying to make accessible: As I understand, the ARIA Authoring Practices guidelines for drag and drop is basically: Tab to move through the list of items Space to select ...
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Interacting with a dynamically sorted list

I currently have a list that will be populated with song requests. Each song request appears as a list item with a title and artist name, and is accompanied with upvote and downvote buttons (similar ...
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How to handle a data table with row selection and infinite scroll?

Data table properties: Multiple columns per row Displays 20 rows by default When the 20th item is reach via scrolling, loads 20 more rows Rows are selectable Columns are sortable Questions: What's ...
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Should the sort/filter changes throw the focus on first page or current page?

If a user is on certain page out of several in a pagination of a table data, when he/she applies a filter/sort, should he -be shown results starting on page one or -be kept on the same page state?
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Table converted to Card Stack - sort options

We are revamping the look & feel of our website (and making it more mobile friendly while we're at it), which includes converting a few tables to a single-column card stack. Now, there is debate ...
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Search Filters & Sorts vs Result Set

I have an application that is based heavily around a users ability to search. A user can search for 1 or many entities, which includes: Businesses, People or an Animals. For each of our result sets ...
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Sorting of same category listings

I am not really sure if this is the correct place to ask this question, but please feel free to move it around or close it if its off topic. Said that, my question is: On a website that has ...
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What would you suggest for filtering feed info

we provide users the flexibility to filter and sort the info they want to see in feeds around the platform. Today we use drop down but all the click are annoying we want a better ux We came up with ...
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Are there Material Design best practices for Filtering/Sorting in a Tab Layout?

What I’m trying to do I’m trying to find out what the Material Design best practices are for adding independent filter and sort options to EACH tab in a tab layout. What I have proposed I’m proposing ...
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Hierarchical table display w/ sorting

Hello – I'm looking for a decent way to display hierarchical information within a table that will also allow users the ability to sort records by clicking the top of each column of associated discrete ...
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Dropdown in table header

I'm adding a dropdown list to a table header to enable configuration of what appears in the column. My problem is that the traditional down-arrow symbol for a dropdown can easily be confused with an ...
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Mobile - Sorting Items on one tab

I am currently working on an android application and I try to follow the material design specification. Now I am in a situation where I have 2 tabs with different content. I need to present sorting ...
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“Front end” sorting on a infinite scrolling list

I have a list of members on a web app and I want to improve usability and performances when users are browsing it. This list can be very long (500+ members). To improve performances, we are ...
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When sorting product lists should the ordered list always have a section title or label?

I am working an applying filters & sort options to a product list. Each product displayed has a number of attributes which are displayed within a card layout. one of the attributes is product type....
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How to differentiate between quick sorting and more / expanded sorting options?

How do I clearly demonstrate between quick sort (Image 1) and more sorting options (Image 2, when the user clicks on the sorting icon on the upper left) without having the user think why there are 2 ...
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How to sort order names with special characters on lists?

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 ...
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How should sorting work when numeric is mixed with alpha-numeric

Say I am displaying data to a user in a grid, report, drop down box, etc. The data in question contains a field called Invoice Number. This field contains only numerics 2/3 of the time, but the other ...
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User interface components or design patterns for multiple sort/filter orders

Has any one seen any good user interface components or design patterns for doing multiple sort orders on a data table or grid? I am wondering if this design pattern is becoming less common due to the ...
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Looking for better alternatives to 'sort by ascending/descending'

I'm currently updating the sorting options for a list of items. At the moment each option can be selected as descending or ascending which really doesn't mean anything in most cases (or is very ...
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Why is search within document different than search among documents?

I've noticed a following asymmetry in search interfaces. While Google/Bing/Yahoo uses quite complicated rules for deciding if a document matches a query, sorting results the situation is ...
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Sort by a value not shown in the table

I am working on an application that will run on phones and tablets. The application can be used for attendance management and for viewing hours the user wrote previously. Here is the view for this ...
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How to translate a visual experience to screen reader users

I have a table with selectable rows. I can select only one row. Sighted users can click anywhere in a row to select it. In the context of a website that is as good for blind users and sighted users, ...
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How to clearly differentiate sort by creation vs sort by comments

Scenario I have a page that shows a list of items to which users can post comments. The user can choose to sort by the item's creation date the last time a comment was posted. Problem I'm ...
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In what order to place sort up/down buttons in a table?

This is a simple question: In what order should I place the move down and move up button in a sortable table? This may be "opinion based", but I hope it's not and there is a definite preference. Out ...
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Sorting & Reverse Sorting: How to name options?

We are working on an app that contains a library. this is sortable by different criteria. The user can select the sorting via an action sheet. If a criterion is selected again, the sorting is reverted....
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What is an intuitive method of sorting partial dates?

I have a table of partial dates, with columns as follows: EXA: Exact date and time (e.g. 2016-02-14 12:21:23) XYY: Year XMM: Month XDD: Day EYY: Earliest Possible Year EMM: Earliest Possible Month ...
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Sorting and pagination of unknown data set

We are building a system that are dealing with a huge amount of information (mainly data presented in different tables). When fetching the data only 100 items is apparently fetched from the server, ...
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Sorting by popularity ( weekly / monthly / yearly / all time)

I'm looking for examples of UGC sorting by popularity (by votes and also comments). Currently I have a dropdown with the following sorting options. Most voted (all time) Most commented (all time) 7 ...
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What's the best way to allow user to 'sort' a complex dropdown?

This is quite similar to this question, but not quite the same. I have a widget--to be called Widget 1--in a desktop application that is a combobox/dropdown, which is a field that allows you to type ...
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Should clicking a column 3 times remove the sort?

I have a table of results and if I click on any column it sorts descending. If I click again, it sorts ascending. If I click it again, what should happen? Here are the options I see, but not sure ...
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How to indicate order of a collection of sortable images?

I'm using the excellent sortable.js to let people sort image thumbnails by preference. Being a mobile-first, responsive site, the <ol> containing the images may change shape - and the list items ...
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Need a prominent way to show the sorted column

Formerly, grids showed which column was sorted, by using a glyph (▼) in the column heading. What I know In Windows 10's File Explorer, this glyph is visually less prominent and has moved to the ...
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sorting non-grid list

I have seen lot of discussion around best practices to allow user to do a sort of on a column in a table/grid. However what if we don't want to use the table but still like to keep the sort option? ...
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Should a change of sort order scroll you back to the top?

Say we have a sortable table with peoples information in it (First Name, Last Name, Phone, Email, etc.) Initially this table is sorted by Last Name in ascending order (A-Z). Assume in this case we don'...