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Re: [Orgmode] org-table : some questions ...

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] org-table : some questions ...
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 15:33:03 +0200

On Apr 18, 2008, at 3:17 PM, Jose Robins wrote:
Let me first setup the context for my question. I'm an electrical engineer designing IC's (in San Diego, USA) and have a great need for documenting my simulation data in a format similar to what I have attached in the jpg file (and pasted below)...

The snapshot below  was using  built-in table-mode in emacs. The key reason I used table mode instead of org-table to document this data was due to the ability to have some columns be merged (or "spanned" in table-mode terminology) in some rows. However I find org-table's features a bit more intuitive and would prefer to use that instead.  In fact I started off with documenting data in org-mode and finally converted that to table-mode because of the exact reason that I mentioned above.

1.  Is there a way that I could achieve this sort of column spanning in org-table mode?


2. Or is there an alternative way of arrangement using org-mode to achieve the same objective of data organization?

Not really.  You can put arbitrarily long text into a column and then fix with width of a column, but that is it.

3. If not, would this be easy to implement (and useful enough for others) to have such an option?

I would be really hard to implement and so it is not oing to happen.  table.el that
comes with emacs is nice for this kind of stuff, if you find some of the commands
not intuitive, try to bind your own commands, or contact the author of table.el, Takaaki Ota is a nice guy, maybe you can inspire him.

table.el is focussed on nice and flexible layout, and they integrate with Org quite well in terms of export and activation.

Org's tables are for speed and ease of use, and to allow computations.  I don't see a way to make both possible in the same table.

- Carsten

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