UI patterns - sort by more than one column

21 Aug 2008 - 1:06pm
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oliver green
2006

Hi All,

Can someone point me to UI patterns or examples of interfaces that
allow the user to sort the date by more than one column or more than
one variable (i.e. sort by name and time)

Thanks,
Oliver

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21 Aug 2008 - 1:10pm
oliver green
2006

Hi All,

Can someone point me to UI patterns or examples of interfaces that
allow the user to sort the date by more than one column or more than
one variable (i.e. sort by name and time)

Thanks,
Oliver

21 Aug 2008 - 1:16pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

The one I'm most familiar with is actually iTunes... if you keep
clicking column headers various sort options include combinations of
fields. I'm not sure if this is the best way to manage the
interaction, but it seems to work and felt relatively natural the
first time I discovered it.

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 2:06 PM, oliver green <oliverhci at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Can someone point me to UI patterns or examples of interfaces that
> allow the user to sort the date by more than one column or more than
> one variable (i.e. sort by name and time)
>
> Thanks,
> Oliver
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21 Aug 2008 - 1:39pm
mark ahlenius
2008

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On Aug 21, 2008, at 12:16 PM, "Matthew Nish-Lapidus"
<mattnl at gmail.com> wrote:

> The one I'm most familiar with is actually iTunes... if you keep
> clicking column headers various sort options include combinations of
> fields. I'm not sure if this is the best way to manage the
> interaction, but it seems to work and felt relatively natural the
> first time I discovered it.
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 2:06 PM, oliver green <oliverhci at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Can someone point me to UI patterns or examples of interfaces that
>> allow the user to sort the date by more than one column or more than
>> one variable (i.e. sort by name and time)
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Oliver
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21 Aug 2008 - 1:42pm
mark ahlenius
2008

Hi,
Besides going into a table view of a data base, the most familiar one
to me is Excel. It has many sort capabilities on more than one column.

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On Aug 21, 2008, at 12:16 PM, "Matthew Nish-Lapidus"
<mattnl at gmail.com> wrote:

> The one I'm most familiar with is actually iTunes... if you keep
> clicking column headers various sort options include combinations of
> fields. I'm not sure if this is the best way to manage the
> interaction, but it seems to work and felt relatively natural the
> first time I discovered it.
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 2:06 PM, oliver green <oliverhci at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Can someone point me to UI patterns or examples of interfaces that
>> allow the user to sort the date by more than one column or more than
>> one variable (i.e. sort by name and time)
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Oliver
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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>
>
>
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21 Aug 2008 - 3:33pm
oliver green
2006

"The one I'm most familiar with is actually iTunes"

When I look at iTunes, I see a "Windows Explorer" like column sort.
I was able to sort only one column at a time in an asc or desc order.
What am I missing?

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21 Aug 2008 - 3:35pm
oliver green
2006

"Besides going into a table view of a data base, the most familiar
one to me is Excel".

I somehow want this capability on the table column header itself if
possible?

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21 Aug 2008 - 3:35pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

In my itunes, when i choose to sort by album for instance, if i keep
clicking i get options like "Album by Artist" .. that means it's
sorting by album and by artist.

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 4:33 PM, Oliver <oliverhci at gmail.com> wrote:
> "The one I'm most familiar with is actually iTunes"
>
> When I look at iTunes, I see a "Windows Explorer" like column sort.
> I was able to sort only one column at a time in an asc or desc order.
> What am I missing?
>
>
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21 Aug 2008 - 3:50pm
Powers
2008

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21 Aug 2008 - 11:10pm
Lo Sheng
2008

I think it's a platform specific implementation - I don't get this
with the iTunes on Windows, but I do see this for the iTunes on Mac!
Go figure! :-)

ls

On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 4:35 AM, Matthew Nish-Lapidus <mattnl at gmail.com> wrote:
> In my itunes, when i choose to sort by album for instance, if i keep
> clicking i get options like "Album by Artist" .. that means it's
> sorting by album and by artist.
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 4:33 PM, Oliver <oliverhci at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> When I look at iTunes, I see a "Windows Explorer" like column sort.
>> I was able to sort only one column at a time in an asc or desc order.
>> What am I missing?
>>
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22 Aug 2008 - 7:49am
Juan Lanus
2005

The column header sort solution is a "developer's solution", a techie
"idea".
Actually, users' needs are not "sorting by *any* column but sorting in a
meaningful way, as I interpret Oliver's original question.

For example if it were a printed report, as in the sixties, is would be
already sorted in a meaningful order, one that's useful for the user. A
functional analyst and a domain expert would have discussed and agreed on
one sort order.

A software developer, instead, would say "hey, let's enable the user to sort
on *any* column (so we don't have to care about finding their needs)".
This "solution" delegates the analyst's duties on the users, is the "empower
the user" attitude that leads to multiple individual HomerMobiles.

Oliver's problem solution might well be to display the data already sorted
in a useful way. This might be enough for a number of users, one that avoids
"making them think".
After, a "sort" button displaying a menu with predefined domain-useful
options, like "by State and date" and so on. Just a few, the useful
combinations.

Notice that this is not a strict UI issue but a software design issue, one
that requires system analysis.
Well, actually, for the scenario I built in my mind ...
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22 Aug 2008 - 5:09am
mirweis SANGIN
2008

Hi,

There are some gaming industry item-database sites providing sort of
filtering systems that approachs multi-column sorting of objects.
I'm not convinced that it is the best practice in terms of
interaction design and it should probably possible to find better
ways; anyway if it can help, try out for instance:
http://www.wowhead.com/
if you select an item type, it is possible to simple sort the data by
clicking on a column. But it is also possible to additionally add a
filter by shift-clicking another column.

hope it helps
Mirweis

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27 Aug 2008 - 12:40pm
Dylan
2008

Outlook allows you to sort by more than one column - click on the
primary sort column, and then hold shift to select the secondary
sort. e.g. if you want to sort by name first, and then subject, click
the name header, then hold shift and click the subject header.

D.

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