Sorting a multi dimensional array.... case insensitive

Posted on 2008-10-09
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hi all,
I have managed to cobble together a bit of code (SNIPPET 1) to sort a multi dimensional array from
However the sort is case sensitive, so upper case are sorted before lower case.

I also found SNIPPET 2, which is supposed to make the sort case insensitive, but cant work out how to get it working with SNIPPET 1... any ideas?


$data[] = array('volume' => 'Adam', 'edition' => 1,'target' => 'pie');

$data[] = array('volume' => 'Eve', 'edition' => 2, 'target' => 'applies');

$data[] = array('volume' => 'Zoozoo', 'edition' => 3, 'target' => 'hope');

$data[] = array('volume' => 'Mika', 'edition' => 4,'target' => 'love');

$data[] = array('volume' => 'Moosha', 'edition' => 5,'target' => 'mope');

$data[] = array('volume' => 'Blk', 'edition' => 6,'target' => 'mash');

// Obtain a list of columns

foreach ($data as $key => $row) {

    $volume[$key]  = $row['volume'];

    $edition[$key] = $row['edition'];


// Sort the data with volume descending, edition ascending

// Add $data as the last parameter, to sort by the common key

array_multisort($volume, SORT_ASC, $edition, SORT_ASC, $data);





$array = array('Alpha', 'atomic', 'Beta', 'bank');

$array_lowercase = array_map('strtolower', $array);

array_multisort($array_lowercase, SORT_ASC, SORT_STRING, $array);



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Question by:fox_statton
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// Obtain a list of columns

foreach ($data as $key => $row) {

    $volume[$key]  = strtolower($row['volume']);

    $edition[$key] = $row['edition'];


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// Obtain a list of columns

foreach ($data as $key => $row) {

    $volume[$key]  = ucwords($row['volume']);

    $edition[$key] = $row['edition'];


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