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Re: [Orgmode] Duration Tally

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Duration Tally
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 09:00:19 +0200

On Jun 13, 2007, at 17:33, Eddward DeVilla wrote:

   I'm starting to wonder if it would be useful to have a general
format for properties (or choose some other word) to be associated
with a heading or todo item.  It seems the heading is getting a little

   Would it be reasonable to say that a list of non-whitespace
listing following the heading with a format of "key: value..." are
special.  (Or a table might be nice.  I like tables.:)  org-mode could
provide an interface to get a plist or alist of them for a heading to
simplify writing now features based on them.

One of the advantages of using plain text for notes files like
we do with Org-mode is, that you can of course implement any system
you like to store additional information.  Keyword lists, tables,

So the discussion must be about how you would like Org-mode to make
use of such data.  Obviously it would be easy to write (as you
suggest) a little function that returns all this data as, say,
a property list.  But then you would still need to use it in
some way.  Are you suggesting tis as a feature where some users
(those who can write Lisp code) write their own extensions?
That is certainly an option.  Are you also envisioning ways
how Org-mode should use this?

Here are tow ideas:

- a LOCATION keyword would be useful for exporting to iCalendar,
  this was already proposed by Bastien a while ago.

- We could allow the TAGS match to set conditions based on these
  keywords.  Right now, a tags match can say "LEVEL=2" to require
  entries with putline level 2.  In a similar way one could allow
  "LOCATION=Paris" or whatever, that would be something quite
  easily implemented.

Nothing of this will be in todays release, obviously, this needs
more careful thinking.  Thanks for starting this discussion.

- Carsten

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