Make all tables in Alma sortable by all their column headings
There are lots of tables in the Alma UI that come up which can be sorted by a couple of the column heads but not others. For example in Letters Configuration, you can sort by "Letter" or "Description," but not by "Enabled," "Channel," or "Retention Period." Being able to sort by column headings is a basic function of a table.
In the example above, it would be helpful to be able to see only those letters that are enabled, or to sort so that all the email letters are grouped together and all the SMS letters are separate from them.
So much of what we do in Alma is arranged in tables like this, so it would be great if they could be made more user friendly.
Lesli M Moore commented
It seems ridiculous that there's not CONSISTENT behavior across all similar aspects. Seems like poor design. Aren't there some standard best practices for software design?
Mary Grenci commented
This is a great suggestion; however, Ex Libris historically has refused to enable functionality across all areas. They insist on detailed use cases and then will enable the functionality only for that use case. It's very annoying. Still, this is basic functionality that should be in the system so will get my votes.
Marilyn Dow commented
Yes. I've thought about this many times.
Deborah Tomaras commented
I've been frustrated by the inability to sort by all columns in the Authority Control Task List (to sort by heading changed, for example, to get all similar headings together for review). So I definitely support this proposal.
Natasha Stephan commented
Great minds! I suggested a similar idea for the new Letters Configuration table a few days before:
I like this idea, as it is a source of frustration to me as an Alma-SysAdmin-to-be that I cannot sort certain tables. Especially the list of users, as Kurt Vollmerhause notes!
Kurt Vollmerhause (QUT) commented
This is a very reasonable request for Configuration and Alma in general - for example, in Manage Users search results, where it is not possible to sort, say, by user group or expiry date.
I don't have more points to vote, but I agree completely!!
Lisa Hatt commented
Yes! This is a source of everyday frustration for us. Always being able to sort by every header would be a sizable quality-of-life improvement.