Table Sort

JavaScript Widget

by Mark Brautigam

Get It

You can make this project with just this one JavaScript file:

» hfstablesort.js


The purpose of this project is to let you easily sort tables in ascending or descending order. It has these features:

How It Works

Include the JavaScript file, set special classes on your table, and call the init method.

When the table rows get moved to new places in the table, any special formatting gets moved with them. This includes rows that might have been made invisible or rows that have been colored differently.

Getting Started

  1. Reference the hfstablesort.js JavaScript file in the head section of your HTML file.
  2. <script type='text/javascript' src='hfstablesort.js'><script>
  3. Give your table two special classes. The class hfstablesort says your table is sortable. The second class, hfssort_xxxxxx, tells it what kind of sort to do on each column, where xxxxxx is a string of mnemonics that indicate the sorts. Here is an example:
    <table class="hfstablesort hfssort_haalana">
  4. Available sort options are these:
    a = alphabetic
    b = alphanumeric (with non-alphanumeric characters sorted low)
    d = date
    l = last name
    n = numeric
    p = round dance phase
    s = square dance level
    w = day of week
    z = file size
    hijk = custom sorts
  5. Invoke the hfsTableSortInit() method in a script at the very bottom of your HTML file or in an onload() handler.
  6. (Optional.) Write the custom functions for any custom sorts you specify. The custom function accepts two parameters a and b. Each parameter is an array, of which the first element is the sort key, and the others can be ignored. So a prototypical custom sort function would look like this:
    function sort_custom_h (a,b) 
      return (some_comparison (a[0], b[0])); // compare the keys


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The Purpose

I wanted to have menus so users can quickly navigate from project to project within each category (e.g. Animation, JavaScript, PHP/mySQL).

I also wanted to show the assignment, rationale, or case study for each project without it intruding on the project itself.

And I wanted to have quick access to validation methods that I use frequently while doing development.