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Topic: Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co (Read 2528 times) previous topic - next topic
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Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

hi all,
after searching for an hour i've read/learned a lot about sorting and the possibilities foobar2000 offers.
unfortunately, i did not find the clue to my simple problem: Sorting album names as i'd like to have them sorted via click in the album column (columnsUI used)

My playlist looks like:
(*after* i click the album-column to sort that column)
Album-column:
Code: [Select]
An Album (Volume 1)
An Album (Volume 10)
An Album (Volume 12)
An Album (Volume 2)
An Album (Volume 21)
An Album (Volume 3)

and should look like:
Code: [Select]
An Album (Volume 1)
An Album (Volume 2)
An Album (Volume 3)
An Album (Volume 10)
An Album (Volume 12)
An Album (Volume 21)


If i right-click and use the "Sort by" feature, it sorts correctamente.

the Standard Sort Patterns in my settings for this are: Album=%album%|%discnumber%|%tracknumber%; but the files to sort don't have any tag beside the album-tag.

So i tried to just add %album% to the ColumnsUI-Sort-Page of the album-panel (edit this panel-right-click-menu) and activated that option, but that didnt change anything ;-(

i tried some other silly things with the same result.

i did not find any sorting reference in the Title Formatting Syntax Reference beside %path_sort%, but thats not what i wanted to sort to.

can please anybody point me to a light in the darkness of my brain?



Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #1
If An Album (Volume 1) is the content of your %album% tag, then that's a string, not a number, therefore the only option that comes to mind is changing the album name to something like An Album (Volume 01). Maybe an additional space instead of a zero would work as well.

HTH.

Alessandro

Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #2
If An Album (Volume 1) is the content of your %album% tag, then that's a string, not a number, therefore the only option that comes to mind is changing the album name to something like An Album (Volume 01). Maybe an additional space instead of a zero would work as well.

Hi Alessandro,
thanks, but those files are from a read-only-media (DVD). No changing of tags possible.

There is not a way in foobar to sort a string? I'm deeply surprised...

How does the sorting of Titles work? They must be sorted in a similar way than albums.


Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #3
He did not say there is no way to sort a string. Of course, foobar sorts strings. That is the manner in which numbers [represented NOT as a number, BUT a STRING] are sorted.
Take a quick look at the 11 million google hits with "sorting numbers in strings'.

Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #4
those files are from a read-only-media (DVD). No changing of tags possible.
Then perhaps try setting a variable with:
$replace(%album%,'(Volume 1)','(Volume 01)')
$replace(%album%,'(Volume 2)','(Volume 02)')
etc.

Quite ugly plus I'm no title formatting expert (hope someone else will be able to help with the correct syntax ) but I see no alternatives, sorry.

HTH.

Alessandro

Edit:
Oh wait... what does this mean exactly? 
Quote
If i right-click and use the "Sort by" feature, it sorts correctamente.

Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #5
what does this mean exactly? :o
Quote
If i right-click and use the "Sort by" feature, it sorts correctamente.


it means if i rightclick and use the "Sort by" feature, foobar will sort exactly the way, i want it.

unfortunately, foobar does not sort exact the same way while using the click on the "album" column. (there is no sort-script active in that column, so it must be the standard-sorting)

now, i'd like to set the sorting of the album column exactly as the sorting used by the "sort by" function (as described in my first posting (Standard Sort Patterns))

but i don't know how, because i did not find any "usable" function in the title formatting help, nor here at the forum, nor with using google.

now, that i received a new information "sorting numbers in strings" i feed the forums search engine with that...



Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #6
it means if i rightclick and use the "Sort by" feature, foobar will sort exactly the way, i want it.
So if you select Right Click -> Sort By -> %album%|%discnumber%|%tracknumber% you get the expected sort order? And you are absolutely sure the %discnumber% tag is missing? If this is the case, I'm afraid I cannot explain what's going on...

Alessandro

 

Columns UI: Sorting issue (alphanumeric) w/ "Sort by" and co

Reply #7
So if you select Right Click -> Sort By -> %album%|%discnumber%|%tracknumber% you get the expected sort order?
yes.
And you are absolutely sure the %discnumber% tag is missing?
yes. the album-tag is the only tag inside those mp3-files.


thank you Alessandro for your help! atm i'm reading this and that topic and try to understand ;-)
if i get a result which will do what i want/need, i post it here. thanks also to the poster with the "sorting numbers in strings" searchterm which i was unaware of...

 
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