[Xapian-tickets] [Xapian] #311: set_sort_by_value has incorrect sense for 'ascending'

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Sat Feb 21 09:29:17 GMT 2009

#311: set_sort_by_value has incorrect sense for 'ascending'
 Reporter:  tommortimer    |        Owner:  olly     
     Type:  defect         |       Status:  assigned 
 Priority:  normal         |    Milestone:  1.1.0    
Component:  Documentation  |      Version:  SVN trunk
 Severity:  minor          |   Resolution:           
 Keywords:                 |    Blockedby:           
 Platform:  All            |     Blocking:           

Comment(by olly):

 We could go for "reversed", split the function into two overloaded forms
 rather than having a default parameter, and deprecate the single argument
 form.  In the more distant future (2.0, say) we could consider adding a
 default parameter value of {{{reversed=false}}}.  I think the end result
 is probably the best API here.  The API deprecation is an annoyance for
 users so we shouldn't do this lightly, though sorting isn't used by
 everyone and the change required is at least simple and the updated code
 will work on existing releases.

 The other sane alternative I can see is to go for "descending", and keep
 the default value of
 "true".  This would make the default sort order (if you don't specify the

  1. zebra
  2. yacht
  3. x-ray
  4. ...

 or for numbers:

  1. 9
  2. 8
  3. 7
  4. ...

 which I think isn't so natural.

 Of these, I think the first is my current preference.  Thoughts?  Any
 other options anyone can see?

Ticket URL: <http://trac.xapian.org/ticket/311#comment:9>
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