Last updated: October 14, 2015 at 17:40 pm

Sorting does not reduce the actual size of a found data set. It merely rearranges the order of the display of the data based on specific criteria.

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What problem does this element or pattern solve?
Unlike filtering, sorting a large block of data does not reduce the actual size of a data set. Sorting merely rearranges the display order of the information. For example, filtering by price allows users to actually remove all items costing over $100, thereby reducing the found set from 5,000 to only 50. Sorting by price will take the subset of 50 items, and re-arrange those items from lowest to highest price.
It applies to these platforms:

Desktop Web, Tablet Web, Smartphone Web,

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Detailed specifications

Specifications To Consider

  • The location of the sorting controls. Traditionally, sorting controls are often placed in a horizontal row, just above the data display.
  • Do you permit multiple sorting operations? For example, can a user sort by zip code and then sort within that zip code by price?
  • How are sorting controls displayed? Are they clickable table headings? Do those labels present small arrows to show ascending or descending sort order? Or are your sorting options presented in a select list?
  • Your standards should define the default sort order for all initial displays of data.
  • When results are sorted, how is the current sort order communicated to the user?
  • If you permit multiple sorting operations, how are those controls presented? Options might include a right rail, a modal, or a side drawer.

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This element or pattern may also be known as:
ordering, reorder, sort by
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John Designowner
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Mary Businessowner
Development owner
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