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Re: [Orgmode] Difference between org-footnote.el and footnote.el

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Difference between org-footnote.el and footnote.el
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 03:25:41 +0900

Andreas Röhler writes:
 > Am 21.10.2010 17:05, schrieb Nick Dokos:

 > > How does footnote.el find the signature? I assumed before that
 > > signatures are free-form and therefore unfindable
 > > algorithmically,

Nope.  Signatures are delimited by "\n-- \n".  What comes after the
dash-dash-space (the trailing space is significant here) is indeed

 > there is no stringent relation between footnote.el and mail.

Well, actually, there is.  The author's intent was that it be used
mostly in mail, and in particular in an MUA that appends the signature
file after the user issues the "send" command.  It was not really
designed to be suitable for use in other contexts.  It made things
much simpler for him if he assumed that the document would be
completed in a single session.  That's why he never bothered dealing
with reading a document in from a file, and the buffer format is not
well-tuned to that kind of usage, either.

 > Keeping things easy, it seems preferable to have a working common 
 > footnote first and reflect the use in mails resp. signature issue 
 > afterwards.

If org-mode has a footnoting capability, it's probably a better bet
for future maintenance for the reasons mentioned above.  If
footnote.el is actually generalizable, that would probably surprise
the author. :-)

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