Column Heading Alignment Rules for PlacementofData

22 Aug 2007 - 5:12pm
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bminihan
2007

It's how the company's default email system behaves right now. It's not
ideal or widely used, but also not completely foreign.

Those who don't venture that far (who assume as you would that you can only
click twice to sort) will perhaps learn that it takes 4 clicks (instead of
3) to get back to "sort ascending" which, unless I'm mistaken, is not a very
common use case.

How would you propose the user return to the default sort method, if it's
not known or easily understood? A reset button might do, but might not be
seen, and might not be interpreted correctly (could be assumed to reset the
search/filter form).

The email program I referred to above is Lotus Notes.

- Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

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On Aug 22, 2007, at 4:28 PM, bjminihan at nc.rr.com wrote:

> Click again to revert the table to the default sort method

Wow. That's not a behavior I would ever expect (and have never seen).
Standard behavior is to toggle between ascending and descending sort
of the same column.

I would expect this to generate a good deal of confusion. Are you
going to test it?

Jack

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

Things should be as simple as possible,
but no simpler.

- Albert Einstein

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22 Aug 2007 - 6:36pm
bminihan
2007

Incidentally, after thinking about it, I agree with you. The "click a third
time to reset to default" behavior definitely requires user testing if
you're unsure if people will understand it. I was recalling my conversation
from yesterday, and reflecting observed user behavior in my company which,
of course, has its own brand of customs and learned idiosyncrasies (such as
are learned using Lotus Notes for several years).

I would usually be the last person to suggest following Lotus Notes as the
measure for consistent usable design. Like I said, though, I've observed
users doing this (clicking a column 3 times) in unrelated studies and
suggested it in a web app as something people might relate to.

- Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Jack
Moffett
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 4:41 PM
To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Column Heading Alignment Rules for
PlacementofData

On Aug 22, 2007, at 4:28 PM, bjminihan at nc.rr.com wrote:

> Click again to revert the table to the default sort method

Wow. That's not a behavior I would ever expect (and have never seen).
Standard behavior is to toggle between ascending and descending sort
of the same column.

I would expect this to generate a good deal of confusion. Are you
going to test it?

Jack

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

Things should be as simple as possible,
but no simpler.

- Albert Einstein

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