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Re: [O] Sort TODOs in agenda day

From: Bernt Hansen
Subject: Re: [O] Sort TODOs in agenda day
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 07:51:59 -0500
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Jacek Generowicz <address@hidden> writes:

> At Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:39:48 -0500,
> Bernt Hansen wrote:
>> Jacek Generowicz <address@hidden> writes:
>> > Yes, but how do I instruct it to apply one strategy (time-up) to those
>> > items which appear in the time-grid portion of the day's display (the
>> > appointments), and a different one to the other entries (scheduled
>> > TODOs, deadlines)? Specifically, by adding a command to
>> >
>> >     org-agenda-custom-commands
>> >
>> > which contains something like
>> >
>> >     ((agenda ""
>> >       ((org-agenda-sorting-strategy '(effort-up)))))
>> >
>> > messes up the time ordering of appointments for that command.
>> I have a fairly complicated sorting function which gets the order of
>> items exactly how I want to see them on the agenda.
>> The gory details are here:
>> http://doc.norang.ca/org-mode.html#AgendaViewTweaks
> I see. Should I infer that org-mode doesn't provide any features for
> applying different strategies to different portions of single day's
> display in the agenda?
> In other words there are no hooks into the standard agenda sorting
> strategy, and if you want to modify its behaviour you essentially have
> to roll your own from scratch, duplicating much of the original
> effort?

Not necessarily, if the standard sorting mechanism with an appropriate
setting for org-agenda-sorting-strategy does what you need then there is
no reason to create a user-defined sorting function (which is what I

You can add BOTH time-up and effort-up to the sorting strategy for the
agenda and time will prevail - for items with a time, and effort will be
the next sorting criteria.

Have you tried this?

;; Sorting order for tasks on the agenda
(setq org-agenda-sorting-strategy
      (quote ((agenda time-up effort-up))))

When I was first experimented with the sorting strategy I used the
customize interface to set it for the current session only and looked at
the result of my agenda with the new setting.

The reason I define and use a user-defined-up sorting function is I want
complete control over where each type of item goes in my agenda.

My setting for the agenda is below:

(setq org-agenda-sorting-strategy
      (quote ((agenda habit-down time-up user-defined-up priority-down 
effort-up category-keep)
              (todo category-up priority-down effort-up)
              (tags category-up priority-down effort-up)
              (search category-up))))

so for the agenda daily view habits are at the bottom, and timed items
are at the top, then my user-defined sorting function sorts what is left
for the middle section of the list in the following order:

  - items with no schedule/deadline and timestamped for today
  - deadlines for today
  - late deadlines
  - scheduled items for today
  - late scheduled items
  - and pending deadlines last


>> HTH,
> Yup.
> Thanks.

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