Monday, September 03, 2007

More small catalog improvements

I'm redoing the catalog extensively so that wish lists and "collections" aren't tacked on Rube Goldberg-style. Most of the improvements are on the "back end." But two are on the front, and have been eagerly anticipated for some time:

1. Subsorting. As most (but apparently not all*) members know, you can click a column in your library, such as "Title" or "Author," to sort by it. But how do you sort by two columns? Well, you couldn't, but not you can. We adopted the common but hardly universal convention of subsorting by the last sort. So, if you want to sort by author, and title within author, click "title" to sort by title, and then "author" to sort by author and subsort by title.

2. Suggested display styles. You can now set a "Suggested display style for visitors to your library." Visitors then get this as an option to use this when they look at your library.

"Suggested displays" was introduced last week, on Talk. Users have come up with very good recommendations for improving it. I indend to take them up on some of them.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweeeet... Subsorting has been at the top of my wishlist for a while.

Thanks Tim! Can't wait to see all the other new stuff. Keep up the great work.

9/03/2007 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, subsorting! I think I love you!

9/03/2007 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me or do the titles come up in reverse alphabetical order when sorted afterwards by author? I also tried reverse sorting by title then sorting by author, but got the same results.

9/03/2007 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subsorting will be great! I can't wait to use it!

Just an extremely minor query, does the star after "but apparently not all*" mean anything? :P

9/03/2007 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My titles are coming up in the right order when sorted afterwards by author.

9/03/2007 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this comment moderation isn't permanent.

9/03/2007 12:08 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

No, it's not. See

Fifty or so more came after I posted that, but before I enabled it on both blogs.

9/03/2007 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

{mr burns} Excellent... {/mr burns}

{steeples fingers happily}


9/03/2007 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm having the same problem that scorbet mentioned. I sort on title and everything looks fine. I then sort on author and all of the titles are suddenly reversed.

Thanks for putting in this feature; it's one that I've wanted from day one and I'm looking forward to this little glitch going away.


"In the end, only kindness matters."

9/04/2007 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Further investigation shows that my work computer (IE6) shows the glitch, but my own laptop (Firefox) doesn't.

(Glad to know that I'm not actually the only one!)

9/04/2007 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subsorting! Thank you!

9/04/2007 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo for subsorting!

9/04/2007 4:21 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I've been hoping for subsorting for ages, thanks!

(I'm also getting the bug mentioned earlier about titles coming up in reverse alpha order when sorting by author)

9/05/2007 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as of sept. 22nd, lt IS THE 64th largest city in the U.S. edging out Riverside, California, and threatening Newark, New Jersey (#63) with 277,000.

9/22/2007 10:29 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

I feel confident we'll surpasss the LC in books, but I don't think we're going to surpass NYC in members. I suppose a dozen or so social networks have.

9/22/2007 9:21 PM  

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