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[O] List-table feature (or a potential quick and easy mullti-lines table

From: Ben
Subject: [O] List-table feature (or a potential quick and easy mullti-lines table in org?)
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:04:50 +0100

Dear Orgers, 

I would have a question for you. I'm writing more and more documentation in OrgMode (with HTML and DocBook exports) and I'm very happy with it. There's a little hitch though on tables. Org tables are great with one known and documented constraints: it does not accept multi lines [1]. 

In some types of documents it can be a challenge, however, editing large columns could be a mess too.

I'm thinking about a potential alternative and I would like to know if anyone here would know if this can be done with org.
ReStructured Text [2] has a nice feature called list-tables. As you can guess from the name, you write a list and an instruction to process it and it creates a table out of the list in the export target. See the ReST documentation for a quick explanation [3]. What is does it to transform a nested list in a simple table. And potentially it would make long list items / table content easy to edit. 

Does anyone has heard of such a possibility in Org? 

Many thanks to all!

  -- Ben 

[1] http://orgmode.org/worg/org-faq.html#table-multiline-fields
[2] http://docutils.sourceforge.net/rst.html
[3] http://docutils.sourceforge.net/docs/ref/rst/directives.html#list-table

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