Using Chronolator Documents
The Sort Tables button

In the example above, you might decide that each event was in fact correctly dated but that the rows were in the wrong order. Indeed, this is the most likely cause if you have been entering each event in a new row at the bottom of the table as it came to hand. Chronolator will fix this for you with the Sort Tables button. When you press it, you can choose to sort the table in ascending or descending order:

sort tables button

If you press Ascending, the table is sorted like this:

table after sorting
Remember, Chronolator does not check for errors as you type; press the Check Tables button again to remove the highlighting:

table after sorting

All the events are now in order. Some errors remain, but we will leave them for now.

You might have entered dates just as they appeared in the source records; in the example above, that is why two of the dates are in different formats to the rest (22/05/2013 and 24 07 2013). Chronolator can put them all into a consistent format for you; see Format Dates for details.

How does Chronolator sort events with blank times and End Dates?

The Case Review Administrator can include optional End Date, Start Time or End Time columns. These might not have to be completed for every event.

If so, you might wonder how Chronolator will deal with a mixture of events, some with completed times or end dates and some with blanks.

The answer depends on whether events are sorted in Ascending or Descending order. If Ascending, events with blank Times or End Dates are put before those with specific information: if Descending, after. The following examples illustrate this.

Ascending order

table after sorting Ascending

Descending order

table after sorting Ascending