There are at least two possibilities for increasing metadata field sizes. The request most often heard inquires about increasing the default memo field size (which is originally 255 characters). The second avenue is to increase the size for a single one-off metadata field.
The other day I was trying to execute a search against content server in some JSP's (Java Server Page) and I wanted to perform a multi column sort, similar to how the old Multi-Sort component used to work. The content server in question was configured for DATABASE.FULLTEXT. Turns out, this is simple to perform. When you form your URL or binder (Local Data?) you need a variable named SortSpec and it should start with "order by" and follow the basic rules of a database query.