Hey. You know the nice list you get when you do something like this –
“Say a list of people who are marked for listing”
– and where you can toggle a bunch of options on or off, like “tersely, prefacing with is/are”?
What I want to do is list people this way, but in a particular order. Each person in the game has a number called personid. I want to list people in the nice list format and also in personid order.
At first I thought I’d achieved the effect I wanted by replacing the usual ‘before listing nondescript items’ rule with my own code which first sorted people into a temporary list called ‘phalanx’ in personid order. Then I just did: ‘say phalanx’ (is or are here). But I realised this didn’t pay attention to all the niceties of articles, capitalisation, etc.
So to use an example from 3.18 of the docs: there, it defines a woman always called ‘the sexton’s wife’ by saying “A woman called the sexton’s wife is in the Belfry.” As a result, the regular listing activity always says ‘The sexton’s wife is here.’ But my code just says ‘Sexton’s wife is here’.
My question is - can I somehow rope all the nice listing activity machinery to fulfil my desire to list people in the order of their personid? Or do I need to basically write my own fully hacked version of the activity to do this?