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Re: [Orgmode] definition lists in org-mode

From: Rick Moynihan
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] definition lists in org-mode
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 17:28:31 +0100
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Eddward DeVilla wrote:
On 7/6/07, Rick Moynihan <address@hidden> wrote:
After thinking about it; I have on occasion wanted to schedule a
checkboxed item into the agenda.  This said I'm not convinced supporting
this is a good idea.  Does anyone else have any views?

I'm usually for collapsing similar things in to one more flexible
thing, but there is a lot of meaning attached to something being a
todo entry in the outline as opposed to being a mere checkbox in a
list.  Some times it would be nice to steal a feature of one and use
it on the other, but the implicit difference is too useful I think to
collapse them.

Agreed. My gut feeling is that they fulfill largely different purposes. The problem is that I tend to make a decision to structure something with lists & checkboxes, and later on discover I want an item in the list to appear inside the agenda.

Duplicating this into an outline is one way to achieve this; but this presents several problems:

- Your files rapidly become less DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) and harder to maintain.
- You loose the context of the list (i.e. any notion of sequence)

I guess these are the sorts of use-cases/trade-offs we should be discussing as part of David O'Toole's community writing suggestion. Is anything happening with this yet?


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