Custom Multi-Sort Tutorial - Add Other Options

This page covers how to add other options to the Multi-Sort component.

Adding the Fields in the Data Source Template

Add two fields: string field SecondField and checkbox Descending.


Mapping the New Fields in the ModelProperties

  1. In your MultiSortModelProperties, add properties for the new fields:

    public class MultiSortModelProperties : IModelProperties
        public string FirstField { get; set; }
        public string SecondField { get; set; }
        public bool Descending { get; set; }
  2. The Descending property is a checkbox in Sitecore. However, the Coveo JavaScript Search Framework requires a string value. It would be useful to front this property as a string instead. Add the following code in:

    public string Direction => Descending ? "descending" : "ascending";
  3. Save the project, and make sure to copy the DLL!

Setting the Values on the Data Source

There are no out-of-the-box fields that are really useful in a multi-sort. However, for testing purposes, let’s assume some items might have the same name.

  1. Change the FirstField value to @fnameXXXXX (where XXXXX is the hash value for your coveo_master_index)

  2. Set the SecondField value to @indexeddate.

  3. Check the Descending checkbox.


Adding the new fields in the rendering

Add the properties to construct the sort criteria.

@model Coveo.Custom.MultiSortModel

<div class="CoveoSort"
    data-caption="My Multi-Sort"
    data-sort-criteria="@Model.Properties.FirstField @Model.Properties.Direction, @Model.Properties.SecondField @Model.Properties.Direction"></div>

Note that we used the Direction property to output either the descending or ascending string directly.


Your sort should now have a multi-sort criteria.

By inspecting your DOM element, you can validate that it uses your data source properly. It should give you a result similar to the following code:

 <div class="CoveoSort scEnabledChrome coveo-selected coveo-descending" data-caption="My Multi-Sort" data-sort-criteria="@fname53765 descending, @indexeddate descending" sc-part-of="placeholder rendering" tabindex="0"></div>

The next step will cover how to improve the experience of this component by automatically translating the fields.