user2219915 user2219915 - 3 months ago 35
Javascript Question

Javascript, sort columns by numbers or letters

I am trying to get different columns in a table to sort. I have them working for numbers but I don't know how to get it done for columns with alphabetical data.

Here is what I am working on:

Based on this:

I would have asked in a comment there but my rep is not high enough.

This is the script I am using. I know parsefloat deals with numbers but I'm not sure how I would change it to work with numbers and/or letters.

function sortTable(){
var tbl = document.getElementById("caltbl").tBodies[0];
var store = [];
for(var i=0, len=tbl.rows.length; i<len; i++){
var row = tbl.rows[i];
var column1 = parseFloat(row.cells[0].textContent || row.cells[0].innerText);
if(!isNaN(column1)) store.push([column1, row]);
return x[0] - y[0];
for(var i=0, len=store.length; i<len; i++){
store = null;

I also should mention that I am trying to avoid using any javascript libraries or plugins. All I need is this basic sorting functionality.

rab rab

The sorting of table, build using plain JavaScript. I tested in chrome

$('sort-date').addEventListener('click', function(){
    sortByDate( this );

$('sort-notify').addEventListener('click', function(){
    sortByNotify( this );

$('sort-id').addEventListener('click', function(){
    sortById( this );

Clicking on column heading , sort the table contents . jsfiddle