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[Orgmode] Re: docbook export-special

From: Rustom Mody
Subject: [Orgmode] Re: docbook export-special
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 13:17:22 +0530

Hello Baoqiu,

Rustom Mody <rustompmody <at> gmail.com> writes:

> Baoqiu wrote:
>> What do you mean by export-special?
> Well the latest org comes with a contributed org-special-blocks.el
> [sorry I misnamed it]
>> Do you mean exporting blocks that look like the following lines?
>> #+begin_xyz
>> ...
>> #+end_xyz
> Yes I guess that would be what I want.

> Thanks for the confirmation, Rustom.  Carsten and I had several email
> exchanges on this topic last month, and we decided to not support such
> special blocks in DocBook exporter (see the following email).

> Can you use #+BEGIN_DOCBOOK ... #+END_DOCBOOK instead to achieve what
> you want?

> Thanks,
> Baoqiu

Well something would be better than nothing :-)

My own view: latex and html are very different from docbook.
1. latex and html are specific presentation formats as against docbook
which is a general content format
2. Conversely no one wants to use docbook for itself but rather as a
stepping stone to something else -- typically pdf/html but in
principle any arbitrary 'end'-format.  This means that
docbook-exporter allowing for potential docbook errors is a smaller
problem than making impossible something which
a. can be/is already available in org
b. is supported in the 'end'-format
c. but is unavailable in the interim (docbook)

One such thing which may not be meaningful in latex and html but is a
lack in docbook is property exports.

Maybe if you or Carsten feel this should not go into org then
org-special-blocks is the place for it?

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