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Re: Differences between Org-Mode and Hyperbole

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Differences between Org-Mode and Hyperbole
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:20:19 -0400

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  > The beauty is that only that specific line has to contain the TODO
  > information.

In what sense is that beautiful?

I don't put a lot of effort, or a lot of text, into TODO lists that I

  > The beauty is that only that specific line has to contain the TODO
  > information. The whole buffer is not a TODO list. If you think along those
  > lines, org-mode has made it possible to have different major mode like
  > behaviors in the same buffer.

If you want to keep a todo list in the same file as your code, and
have special editing commands, you'd want to be able to do that in any
kind of file, with any major mode.  Not only in files for which you
use Org mode.  In C files, and Lisp files, and LaTeX files, and HTML
files, and so on.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Org mode doesn't do that.

So what we would want is a general package for having different major
modes in different parts of a buffer.  I believe there is at least one
such project under way.

  > - The TODO headlines can have a "property block" which can contain a wide
  > range of meta properties to be used during export, tangling, etc.

What does it mean to "export", and why would you want to do that to a
TODO list?  Why would it be important to put properties on parts
of a TODO list?

  > - Different face for displaying and different export style based on the
  > headline level of that TODO line.
  > - Under those TODO headlines, you can have regular or check-list style
  > children TODO headlines.
  > - Some of those could have just regular paragraphs or
  > numbered/plain/definition lists or source blocks or quotation blocks or
  > ..... which should behave in display/export as per the org mode convention.

  > - They can have internal/external links, footnotes, etc.

Why is it useful to do these fancy things for a TODO list?

Dr Richard Stallman
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