On Mon, Mar 06, 2006 at 09:07:36PM +1300, Tony G wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-03-06 at 08:33 +0100, Jochen Topf wrote:
> > On Sun, Mar 05, 2006 at 06:12:30PM +1300, Tony G wrote:
> > > Some weeks ago I made a post to the bugs mailing list about two problems
> > > with the text descendant report. One was sorted out. It was suggested
> > > that I post the other here for some discussion.
> > >
> > > The issue is one of the order of children occurring in the descendant
> > > report. It appears that if there is no birth date the children are
> > > listed in alphabetical order whereas if there are birth dates, the
> > > children are listed in birth date order. If the family has some children
> > > for whom the date is known and some that are not, the report lists the
> > > no-date children first (in alphabetical order) then the date children,
> > > leaving an understandable but rather random order.
> > >
> > > It was suggested that if I could suggest a better algorithm for sorting
> > > children that can be formally described then it could be programed. I am
> > > not a programmer so am not sure what can be formally described, but I
> > > think that it would be helpful if all descendant reports used the same
> > > algorithm for sorting the children. My preference for an order would be
> > > that as shown in the family view which is that used for the detailed
> > > descendant report and the descendant graph. (I wonder if the fact that
> > > this order already shows in these other reports indicates that the
> > > algorithm is already in use?)
> > >
> > > Open for discussion.
> > The best would be, if the user can state the order of the children.
> > Sometimes birth dates are not known, but the order is. This would mean
> > that the database had to store the order in another attribute. Default
> > could still be the current behaviour or the order in which the children
> > were entered. This is not easy to do though, not only because it needs
> > another attribute, but also because there a difficult cases: What if you
> > have already defined an order and then add a birth date for some of the
> > children. Would they be re-ordered? And how?
> > Jochen
> You can order or reorder the children in what ever way you choose in the
> family view using the drag and drop feature.
> When I know it, I have chosen to order the children in their birth order
> even if I do not have the dates. It is this order that is used in the
> detailed descendant report and the descendant graph, whether or not
> dates are attached to all, some or none of the individuals.
Ah, cool. I didn't know that. And its not in the documentation as far as
I can see.
Jochen Topf jochen@... http://www.remote.org/jochen/ +49-721-388298