Field sort "intelligence" (ascend vs. descend)

RESOLVED WORKSFORME

Status

SeaMonkey
MailNews: Message Display
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enhancement
RESOLVED WORKSFORME
15 years ago
13 years ago

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(Reporter: L A Walsh, Unassigned)

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Description

15 years ago
User-Agent:       lynx 5.5 (vision impaired version)
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.5) Gecko/20030916

It would be a nice feature -- when I click on a field header, if
it looked where I am *currently* (is scrollbar at bottom or top of
email folder) and take a "cue" as to sort "ascending or descending"
from the current position and/or sort order.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Have messages sorted by order received, descending; (with newest messages 
at top of screen)
2. Click on date.  (note initial inconsistent search order)
3.

Actual Results:  
search order is made ascending (whereas before it was descending)

Expected Results:  
(Desired results) -- for items like thread sort, date and received
order, (having a temporal component), a sort on a new field should
take it's hint from the sort order of the previously selected
'temporal' component.  I.e. -- if I had messages sorted such that
newer messages would appear at the top, sorting on a new field that
had a temporal component would use the same ordering (ascending vs.
descending) that the list was previously sorted in). 

I believe this falls under the area of "least surprise" to the user.

I'd guess with items that have a alphabetic ordering (subject, to, sender, 
threads), it might be nice to take the same hinting if the previous
field was alphabetically sorted, take the asc.v.desc value into the
new sort order.

Note -- for threads this would have the effect of threads being
sorted by 'alpha' (if it came from  an 'alpha' field (like subject))
or by date-time if it came from a field having a 'temporal value' (like
date, order arrived).

Just might provide a more 'intuitive feel' to the interface (even though,
I acknowledge, it would't be rigidly predictable).
Product: Browser → Seamonkey

Updated

13 years ago
Assignee: sspitzer → mail
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Comment 2

13 years ago
Has been fixed for some time...*sigh*
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED

Updated

13 years ago
Status: RESOLVED → UNCONFIRMED
Resolution: FIXED → ---

Comment 3

13 years ago
We don't know what fixed this worksforme
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 13 years ago13 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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