List group categories alphabetically

Bug #920252 reported by Kristina Hoeppner on 2012-01-23
This bug affects 2 people
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Bug Description

Group categories should be displayed in alphabetical order around the site, e.g. in the drop-down menus on My Groups, Find Groups, the group creation / edit screen and in the site administration on the group categories page /admin/groups/groupcategories.php instead of listing the categories according to their database ID / creation date.

tags: added: groups
tags: added: usability
Changed in mahara:
status: New → Triaged
tags: added: bite-sized
Son Nguyen (ngson2000) on 2012-04-10
Changed in mahara:
assignee: nobody → Son Nguyen (ngson2000)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Son Nguyen (ngson2000) wrote :

Group categories should be displayed by admin defines. Therefore, in the page /admin/groups/groupcategories.php we need to add a function to change the order. For example, each category may have 2 buttons to move up or down in the list.

Changed in mahara:
status: In Progress → Opinion

Hi Son,

Good idea. That gives the admin quite a bit of flexibility further down the track in case there are categories that should be listed in non-alphabetical order. I don't see it as high priority as alphabetical listing is the standard for many drop-down menus, e.g. countries, languages, unless you want to highlight a specific one.

But it would be nice to be flexible in the order if you want to be. So: Yes to the order buttons from my end. :-)


Upon reflection, I think an alphabetical listing should be implemented first and foremost. Sorting groups manually could be nice, but the sort order may not be clear to users. Thus, I think an alphabetical listing would still be better. If group categories should be close to each other, they could be named so that they appear together.

I think sorting them manually could potentially require sub categories rather than just categories. Then I would see the point for re-ordering more.

Changed in mahara:
assignee: Son Nguyen (ngson2000) → nobody
status: Opinion → Confirmed
tags: added: snack-sized
Mahara Bot (dev-mahara) wrote :

Patch for "master" branch:

Robert Lyon (robertl-9) on 2017-02-27
Changed in mahara:
milestone: none → 17.04.0
status: Confirmed → In Progress

Submitter: Robert Lyon (<email address hidden>)
Branch: master

commit 6de94bad3dcf814ed3800a19471dce8e282e532c
Author: Fergus Whyte <email address hidden>
Date: Mon Feb 27 16:17:31 2017 +1300

Bug #920252 Make group categories appear in alphabetical order.
Change-Id: If45120ccbd387b7198a3e15b666d43f14386a9a2

Robert Lyon (robertl-9) on 2017-03-13
Changed in mahara:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: usermanualupdate
Robert Lyon (robertl-9) on 2017-04-27
Changed in mahara:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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