Allow users to change sort order direction in sort button options
|Target version:||Access to Memory (AtoM) - Release 2.5.0|
Currently AtoM contains several sort button options, depending on the entity. However, a user who wishes to sort by date, for example, might wish to see the most recently created records first, instead of last. Sorting by most recent will display the most recently modified. The problem is best summed up by Jen Mitcham in our User Forum (https://groups.google.com/d/msg/ica-atom-users/flkbsT819fk/YPrpwZdtBwAJ):
I wanted to put in a request to change the accessions bit of AtoM so that you can order the accessions records descending as well as ascending. We have over 3000 accession records and would like to be able to see the most recent first. If we order by 'most recent' it brings up old records that we have edited recently as well as recent accessions. If we order by 'accession no' it shows the 2015 ones before the 2016 and if you order by 'acquisition date' it show the oldest accessions first and we would always want to see the most recent first.
There are several ways this could feasibly be implemented. We could add nested menus for ascending and descending (see the attached screenshot for ArchivesSpace); alternatively, we could treat the sort options as we do the sortable table headers - use a small caret icon to indicate directionality, and if the user re-clicks the option, sort in the opposite direction. Surely there's more.
This would give both public and archival staff users greater control in sorting and browsing result sets.