In this paper, the ordering of ternary semiconductor compounds is briefly reviewed by means of a coordination polyhedron model. Long-range ordering of chalcopyrite and CuAu-type structures can be represented as an array of repeating A2B2 tetrahedra. A CuAu-type ordered phase in a chalcopyrite AIBIIICVI
2 compound is surrounded by an A3B+ AB3 boundary, whereas a CuPt-type ordered phase in a zinc-blende (A, B)IIICV compound is surrounded mainly by A2B2 type tetrahedra and thus restricted in size. Following the description of the ordered structure model, the detection of the asymmetry in ordering directions in (A, B)IIICV compounds is discussed. Some examples that employ transmission electron microscopy are presented.