(SFDC Classic)

Given ListView VF page/controller invoked by a ListView button


<apex:page id="thePage" standardController="Contact" extensions="ContactsCtrl" 
    <apex:dataTable value="{!selectedContacts}" var="c"/>    


public with sharing class ContactsCtrl {

    ApexPages.StandardSetController ssCtrl;

    public Contact[] selectedContacts {
        get {return (Contact[]) ssCtrl.getSelected();}

    public ContactsCtrl(ApexPages.StandardSetController ssCtrl) {
        this.ssCtrl = ssCtrl;

If the ListView first column is an unsortable field, e.g.

  • A Platform-encrypted field (our org; sad)
  • A multi-select picklist field

Then you will get at runtime this ugly VF page error

core.apexpages.exceptions.ApexPagesHandledException: Object type not accessible. Please check permissions and make sure the object is not in development mode: '003q000000w34tTAAQ') ) ) ORDER BY Name ASC LIMIT 10000 ^ ERROR at Row:1:Column:149 field 'Name' can not be sorted in a query call. Original queryString was: 'SELECT CurrencyIsoCode, Id FROM Contact WHERE ( ((OwnerId = '00536000004Ui8M')) AND (id IN ('003q000000w34spAAA','003q000000w34tTAAQ') ) ) ORDER BY Name ASC LIMIT 10000'

If the first column of the ListView is a sortable field, the page displays fine.

So, how to protect against this as you have no control over the ordering of ListView columns?

Option 1 - try and catch the exception. No go, exception is uncatchable

Option 2 - Get the selected Ids into the controller

(and then do your own SOQL orderBy) without doing a getSelected() method. I can't see any way to do this

Option 3 Convert ListView button to Javascript with Ajax Toolkit

Aside from not being future-proofed for Lightning, does {!GETRECORDIDS} end up under the covers doing a SOQL call with OrderBy that will throw the same issue above? Since being on VF is old enough, going back to Ajax Toolkit is ... enough said.

Option 4 - Tell users not to create ListViews with unsortable fields as column 1

...Hardly scalable


Known Issue NO FIX item

Platform Encryption Deterministic Considerations

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