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Script Output:
id last_name first_name sales Down Arrow ↓ 
15 Hopkins Peter 6710
6 Andersen David 6420
20 Smith Fred 6370
2 Leverling Janet 6250
19 Quinn Howard 5865
11 Miller Greg 5640
26 Xavier Simon 5580
5 King Robert 5290
1 Fuller Andrew 5000
23 Zimmerman Walter 4980
17 Thompson Vincent 4820
21 Ingraham Owen 4750
4 Peacock Margaret 4685
27 White Mark 4500
22 Youngs Quincy 4420
14 Nelson Beth 4345
8 Richards Kate 4260
16 Graham Chris 4050
18 Ostrander Ian 3965
7 Edwards Frank 3840
25 Underwood Debra 3790
10 Callahan Laura 3675
12 Steel Tammy 3570
9 Jones Edward 3450
3 Buchanan Steven 3245
24 Valentino Linda 2965
13 Dodsworth Nancy 2750

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I can't take credit for this one... one of our readers actually sent me an email with some ideas to modify our original Database Sort sample. Here's a excerpt from that email:

Rather than have two links, '+' and '-', you can remember the current state in a variable and simply toggle between the two by clicking the field name itself. Or, as I've done here, provide feedback as to the order by using arrows.

The code that was sent worked fine, but was a little complex and was obviously taken from a highly modified version. I've simplified things a bit and incorporated both suggestions: the simpler UI (just clicking on the field name) and the indicator arrows.

The simplified UI means that you no longer have to figure out if you should click the + or the - next to each field name. Instead, you simply click on the field name itself. The first click sorts ascendingly by the field clicked. Once the table is sorted by the desired field, simply click the field name again to reverse the order.

The current sort order is indicated by an arrow next to the field that the table is currently sorted by. I've included both a text-based arrow and an image-based one... you'd probably use only one or the other. I only include them both for illustration. The images are something I just whipped up. I wanted them to stand out which is the excuse I'll use for making them red. You'll probably want to use your own images, but if you do want a copy of ours for any reason they can be found here:

I also made slightly subtler ones just in case bright red isn't your thing:


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