I'm reviewing designs for a search feature. My question is regarding the
search results...the design has the results coming back in a table/grid
format. Columns contain Title/Description, Subtype/Date, and File Type.
I initially was reviewing the wireframes for consistency w/ the
application this feature will be integrated with, and not necessarily at
the context of use of this feature. I came back w/ a recommendation to
include sortability on the results table. Now I'm questioning whether or
not that is really a useful feature.
Based on relevancy is how the results are displayed currently...given
that model, does the ability to sort on the results provide any
substantial value. Remember there is always cost involved in
development...weighing out the cost to develop the sort with the need
(perceived value) of the user.
I can see the benefit to being able to organize the collection that was
returned to me, sorted by Title (alpha) or by data
(descending/ascending), etc. Looking over the major search sites
however, none of them offer the ability to sort.