[pmwiki-users] pagelist sorting question
Patrick R. Michaud
pmichaud at pobox.com
Thu Oct 5 14:00:03 CDT 2006
On Thu, Oct 05, 2006 at 05:40:25PM +0200, Jan Erik Moström wrote:
> I wanted to create a number of pages that contains information
> about people. My idea was to name the pages like this:
> A page about Donald Duck would get the name "DuckDonald" and
> then on the page I would you the title tag to generate the title
> "Donald Duck", this way I could easily get a list sorted after
> the surname using the pagelist command. But, there is always a
> but, the people I was thinking of have names like "Åsa
> Österberg" which becomes a problem if try to save a page named
> "ÖsterbergÅsa" (I'm running this locally on a Mac, and if I
> remember thing correctly this a Mac problem).
I don't think it's a problem if you're using utf-8. But yes,
in general Macs don't seem to support filenames that aren't
> My current "fallback idea" is to let the page name be
> 'OsterbergAsa' and set the page title be "(:title Österberg,
> Åsa:)" and let pagelist sort by page title ... this would mean
> that I lose the first-name-last-name title on the pages (not
> very important).
How many of these are there? You might be able to use
custom page variables and/or page text variables to get what
In the simple case (no non-ASCII chars), you could have a page
named 'DuckDonald' and use a (:title Donald Duck:), as you described
For names with non-ASCII chars, use 'OsterbergAsa' along with
(:title Åsa Österberg:) and (:sortname:ÖsterbergÅsa:) .
Then, create a custom page variable called '$SortName'
that uses $:sortname if it exists and $Name if it doesn't:
$FmtPV['$SortName'] = '($x=PageTextVar($pn, "sortname")) ? $x : $name';
Your pagelist sort then becomes:
This will use the value of (:sortname:...:) if it exists, otherwise
it uses the page's name.
Or, you could just give every page *both* a (:title:) and a
(:sortname:...:), and then you don't need the custom page variable,
and it doesn't matter what a page is named:
You might like this better, because then your pages
could be named "DonaldDuck" and "AsaOsterberg" and you'd
still have the capability to sort on last name.
Hope this helps,
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