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[Orgmode] Suggestion: Jump points

From: Rick Moynihan
Subject: [Orgmode] Suggestion: Jump points
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 12:52:35 +0100
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Carsten Dominik wrote:

On Jul 6, 2007, at 18:28, Rick Moynihan wrote:

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.

In such a case I usually make the headline above the checkbox
list a TODO and have that show up in the agenda.  From there
it is only one or two TAB presses to the checkboxes.

- Carsten

I too have tried this, but it means if you start editing your lists (and if they're numbered) the list numbers get reset which can be annoying.

I sometimes have quite long lists within outlines, and I guess the problem is that I know what project I want to work on yet I want to quickly find the item within it which I'd previously identified as tackling next. Sometimes when returning to such a list it takes me a while to figure out which task I was supposed to tackling next.

So here's a suggestion. Why not support jump points (or jump lines), which would be essentially be a syntactic marker that would tell org-mode to jump to a specific line within an outline when visiting from the agenda e.g. via follow mode.

* My main project outline.
  blah blah blah...

  - [ ] do something
  - [ ] do this ++
  - [ ] do something else

I'm not too bothered about the syntax, but here the ++ indicates the line which the point should be placed on within that outline.

Some simple interactive commands could be written to reset the jump point to a new line within that outline. This would simply remove any existing jump-point and insert a new one at the point. Naturally this command might want to alert you about jump-point removal, and if there were multiple points (accidentally) defined within a single outline it might warn you of this, perhaps moving you into an interactive mode to clean them up and set the point to where you wanted.

Is this something people might find useful? I personally find I spend a lot of time trying to re-acquire my previous context within a particular task, something like this might help.

Actually, after thinking about this; I realise that Emacs has bookmarks (a feature I've not yet put to use) perhaps a better idea would be to integrate these with org-mode and visiting the file via the agenda?

What do people think?


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