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List of short stories by Alice Munro[edit]

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I've listed this article for peer review because maybe you have any idea why some columns sort all right while others do not. Perhaps this is just due to my bowser and with yours this table would do fine. See sortable table. Any other recommendations for improvement are also welcome.

Thanks, Jackentasche (talk) 14:57, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Jackentasche, that's an interesting project you've started. I'm running into similar kinds of problems with large (and complex) bibliographies.
The only problem I see with the table sorting except that you've replicated the column headers throughout the document. I don't think that's a good solution given the limitations of the platform we have to work with.
Just brainstorming here: you might have better luck with these columns: title, publication, date. A work gets a unique row each time it's published. Someone wanting to find out the works in a particular collection can sort on the publication column, and someone wanting to know everyone a particular short story was published can sort on the story name. That makes the information in the table a lot more intuitive, which should get rid of the need for repeating column headers. And it makes the table a lot easier to work with.
Anyway, just my 0.02€. Good luck with the article!
Lesser Cartographies (talk) 05:53, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Interesting, thank you, Lesser Cartographies, let me mull this over. And in case you have any further ideas, particularly on why some columns sort all right and others don't, let me know. Thank you also for mentioning your own projects. Happy editing, --Jackentasche (talk) 10:36, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Actually finding this one quite a difficult table to follow, as some columns are unused while others are unlabelled. Any difficulties you find with sorting may be down to the lack of uniformity in the rows being used. I'd suggest taking information that can be provided for all, or almost all, of the entries, and using those as your columns. Title, year of publication (you can give months and days where possible but I would avoid things like "Spring" as it won't sort properly—Spring would sort after Autumn, for example), and any relevant notes (say, repeat publication or anything out of the ordinary). I've made a brief example of how it would look using a few of the entries in your table here if you want to borrow that formatting; it's based on prior FL work I've done on other lists. I've included a use of the {{Sort}} template, which is used to keep titles beginning with words like "the" and "a", etc, sorted correctly. Hope that can be of some use to you. GRAPPLE X 01:29, 15 January 2014 (UTC)