My top favorite:
"Arrows in table view headers now point the direction you expect: down when the biggest items are on top, and up when the biggest items are on the bottom"
I've always thought that was backwards... glad to see I wasn't the only one.
@codewiz wait what. Shouldn't the order be in the order of sorting? I'd expect it to be point towards the biggest element.
I understand the argument and why it would make sense for some people. But it feels natural to me that descending order is a downward arrow.
Maybe it's a language thing? In french, "descendre" means going down. So the idea of a downward arrow for descending is immediate.
Of course it's french, so going up is not "ascendre", as one could logically expect (we use "monter"). But "ascenceur" means lift, as in "the maker of going up".
@lefarfadet No, yeah... I'm actually Italian, and "descending" sounds like "going down" in my language too. Probably also any sufficiently educated English speaker would make the same association.
But the stronger association in my brain is that going from A to Z is like going from 1 to 26. In both cases, we're going from small to big as we go down. Hence, ...
Yes indeed. But it also has the unrelated meaning of growing, which carries the idea of going up:
At least in Italian, the opposite of "luna crescente" is "luna calante" (decreasing moon).
But in English it's "waning crescent", so they must have misunderstood the deeper meaning of crescent when they borrowed it from Latin 😂
...oh, jeez! Now I'm starting to see it your way: if that's an *arrow*, it should be pointing down. Since the numbers increase downward.
I saw that as a greater-than sign because the stem is missing. If it looked more like a proper arrow, I would have never come up with the "a < z" argument 😖
Other commenters on Nate's blog agree the "a -> z" analogy. I cross-posted on that thread:
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