Why are sort indicators backwards?

Here’s something I don’t understand: why are sort indicators in OS X backwards? Consider this screen shot:

sort indicator screenshot

The column is sorted alphabetically, from A down to Z, yet the sort indicator arrow points up instead of down. I would expect it to indicate the direction of the sort, but it indicates the opposite of the sort direction. (Or so it seems to me.)

I’m sure there’s an explanation. But what is it?

27 Aug 2004

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