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Feature Proposal: Optional case-insensitive sort on form fields for search results


On a custom wikipedia-like wiki app, to show the topics in alphabetical order, we needed to sort on the defined term name, in a TWikiForm field, in a case-insensitive ways, as definitions of english terms and acronyms were used

Description and Documentation

I have added an optional "i" at the end of formfield, to be used as order="formfield(FIELD)i" to specify nocase sort


Impact and Available Solutions


I attach a patch for Cairo (tested on latest Cairo) and for Dakar (tested on 4.1.2 & 4.0.4)

The "if" is external to the sort loop so normal sorting is no slower. nocase sorting is however a bit slower than nocase one (we use "lc a cmp lc b" instead od "a cmp b")

Documentation should be updated

-- Contributors: ColasNahaboo


-- ColasNahaboo - 13 Mar 2007

Useful enhancement. On syntax, I would not add something to the end after the parenthesis, I would align it with the existing syntax. Either:

  • with a comma delimited parameter, such as order="formfield(NAME, i)",
  • or with a new keyword, such as order="formfieldignorecase(NAME)"

The case sensitive sorting could also be generalized, e.g. not just for the formfield:

  • with a new parameter to turn on case insensitive sort, ordercaseinsensitive="on" order="formfield(NAME)
  • or with a new parameter to do case insensitive sort, ordercaseinsensitive="formfield(NAME)

-- PeterThoeny - 13 Mar 2007

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I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
Unknown file formatdiff wiki-cairo-search-nocase-patch.diff r1 manage 2.2 K 2007-03-13 - 15:52 ColasNahaboo patch for Cairo
Unknown file formatdiff wiki-dakar-search-nocase-patch.diff r1 manage 3.6 K 2007-03-13 - 15:55 ColasNahaboo patch for lib/TWiki/Search.pm dakar v4.1.2 (works with 4.0x also)
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