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For example, a junction table associating a product and its pictures:

create table product_picture (
  product_id bigint not null references product(id),
  picture_id bigint not null references picture(id),
  some_column int not null
);

What is a common/conventional, short, general, name for some_column if it represents the display order of the photos?

order, sort, and sequence are out, as they are keywords.

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picture_ordinal?? That's probably what I'd go with, but this is personal preference. –  Thomas Stringer Jul 31 '13 at 20:52
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I usually use sort_order or display_sequence –  a_horse_with_no_name Jul 31 '13 at 21:27
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Probably your RDBMS will allow you to still call it order if quoted. I just choose the most appropriate column name and if that happens to be a reserved word quote it. –  Martin Smith Aug 1 '13 at 10:01
    
Ordinal. At least in C# it is the same term used for the running number of fields in the returned data reader. –  TomTom Aug 3 '13 at 6:52
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Either "display_order" or "web_display_order", unless you have some hidden requirements. (If you support multiple applications, and each has different display requirements, [application]_display_order makes sense.)

The important part can be abbreviated with "disp" and "ord" in English, as "disp_ord" or "web_disp_ord".

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It depends on what your philosophy is around column naming.

If you go for very descriptive long column names, then display_order is perfectly fine, since that is exactly what your column contains.

If you are comfortable with shorter names that may seem a little cryptic, but which can be figured out pretty easily, then you could use seq or ord. For English speakers, seq is pretty unambiguous as there aren't a lot of words that this could reasonably represent. I would pick that over ord for that reason.

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