do users understand the terms "ascending" and "descending"?
28 Apr 2010 - 4:12pm
3 years ago
My team have been discussing how to word the labels presented to non-sighted users for sortable table headers.
The terms "ascending" and "descending" are popping up like gophers. My instinct is that parsing these terms requires a lot of work on the users' part, so I'd prefer to use labels like "A-Z", "0-9" and "newest first". Naturally, I'm getting some pushback from my development team, since this requires a different label depending on the data type of the column.
Can anyone point to some concrete research on whether users understand these terms? Failing that, informed opinion and wild-eyed rants are welcome as well.