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Re: Let's talk about sorting arrows
On 2/21/14 1:53 AM, Thorsten Wilms wrote:
I don't think A-Z is guesswork. Other operating systems and several apps
have already laid out the fact that an arrow pointing up is ascending
order, an arrow pointing down is descending order.
On 02/21/2014 12:39 AM, Sam Hulick wrote:
Check out this collage of just a few different applications (both native
and web) that show that an arrow pointing up means sort in ascending
order, and an arrow pointing down means sort in a descending order.
No matter which direction, it remains guesswork if A--Z maps to
newer--older and to smaller--larger or if any pair has to be switched
I will attach a mockup (that is old as the theme looks) with a
possible solution for A--Z and smaller--larger. Also at:
Back then I couldn't think of a clear solution for newer--older. A
more recent date could be seen to be a *larger* value, or bars could
represent the timespan from now back to the date.
Green could stand for newer and brown for older, but that might be
seen as a rather loud solution.
Ascending: 0-9, 1PM to 2PM, A-Z
Descending: 9-0, 2PM to 1PM, Z-A
Again, I'd argue that this is standard and fairly universal. And I think
Unity should stick with arrows, as people know what they mean. While
putting a tiny "A-Z" in the header bar might make sense, the bars may be
confusing for some.