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Re: [Orgmode] Making TAB a touch more magical

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Making TAB a touch more magical
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:18:09 +0100

On Oct 17, 2009, at 2:59 AM, John Wiegley wrote:

In most "power" outliners on the Mac, pressing TAB indents the outline level of the current item. This lets you add subnotes very quickly by typing M-RET TAB. (I find M-S-<right> way too cumbersome to use while typing).

Since pressing TAB on a new entry (one with no body) doesn't do anything right now, I think TAB in that case should do what M-S- <right> does. This little snippet achieves that:

(defun org-indent-empty-items (arg)
 (when (eq arg 'empty)
   (goto-char (line-end-position))
    ((org-at-item-p) (org-indent-item 1))
    ((org-on-heading-p) (org-demote-subtree)))))

(add-hook 'org-pre-cycle-hook 'org-indent-empty-items)

Hi John,

this is not a bad idea, but it is a bit unstable because
the definition of empty entry is a bit unstable, it
depends on empty lines and how they are treated.

An alternative would be to activate this special feature only immediately after starting a new entry, either by looking at last-command, or, maybe better, by doing this in entries which only have the stars and maybe a TODO keyword, but
but no text yet.

Then, TAB could even walk you through a number of indentations, like child, and then parent, grandparent,..., all the way to top level, and then back
to the initial level.

- Carsten

This also works for regular lists.


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