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Re: [Orgmode] Re: docbook export-special

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Re: docbook export-special
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 11:00:21 +0200

On May 28, 2009, at 9:47 AM, Rustom Mody wrote:

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?


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?


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.

This, I think, was the reason why we could not see a good way to do this in docbook.

- Carsten

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

I think you need to come up with a concrete implementation proposal.

- Carsten

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