Hi,

1) isn't currently possible, and it seems to me it might cause havoc to make a category page into a redirect  - I'd say a helpful link is the reasonable approach.

2) is apparently a bug in SD, although thankfully there's a workaround.

3) and 4) are not currently doable, so they count as feature requests. They're both good ideas, and in fact they've been requested before, but I have no plans to implement them at the moment. If anyone else wants to take a shot at them, feel free; I could also be funded to work on them - anyone can feel free to contact me about that too.

-Yaron


On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 4:48 PM, Dave Loomer <dloomer@gmail.com> wrote:
[[Category:Biography|Doe,John]] doesn't seem to work (although it does
work in the default Category:Biography page).  Someone also mentions
that limitation in the Talk page of the SD extension.

However, I wasn't aware of {{DEFAULTSORT:Doe, John}} before.  I just
tried that and it works in SD -- thanks!!  So, one of my questions is
now taken care of.

On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM, Temlakos <temlakos@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dave Loomer wrote:
>> Whether these are questions or feature requests depends on whether
>> they are currently possible or not, and that's part of why I'm
>> posting.  I would like to:
>>
>> 1) Be able to redirect a Category page to the corresponding
>> Special:BrowseData results page.  Currently if I put a #REDIRECT in my
>> Category page, this breaks the BrowseData page as it then shows no
>> results.  This isn't crucial, but I'd really rather my users not see
>> the Catgeory pages at all and just go straight to the drilldown page
>> with all the nice filters (currently I compromise by putting a link at
>> the top of the Catgeory page suggesting that the user click it for a
>> more useful listing).
>> 2) Be able to sort results by something other than the first letter in
>> the page name.  As one example, if I am browsing a category and a
>> given page's [[category:]] tag specified an alternate sort order after
>> the pipe character, this alternate sort order is not respected.  This
>> is especially needed when page titles represent a person's name and
>> I'd like to sort by last and then first name.  In another example
>> there are other pages on my wiki which represent events, and I'd like
>> them sorted by date instead of page name, without the letter groupings
>> above them.
>> 3) Show additional page properties in parentheses (or in some other
>> format) next to each individual page result.  For example, if I'm
>> browsing musicians, next to each musician I'd like a list of
>> instruments he or she plays, or the bands they're a member of.
>> 4) Overall, and this could solve a few of my concerns at once, it
>> would be nice to override the default results display with some
>> template.  Going back to my Events example, I'd really like full
>> control over the display beyond just the sort order and not showing
>> the letter groupings above the results.  In this case it would
>> probably be simplest to just write a semantic page from scratch with
>> some filter options above, but in a perfect world of course I'd be
>> able to re-use something that already exists.
>>
>>
>> Is any of this currently possible?
>>
>
> Well, I'm glad I heard about this little limitation.
>
> Are you sure that when you specify, say, [[Category:Biography|Doe,
> John]] the page still sorts as "John Doe"?
>
> Have you tried specifying {{DEFAULTSORT:Doe, John}} before your categories?
>
> Temlakos
>
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