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Re: [O] making coloured tables

From: Sebastien Vauban
Subject: Re: [O] making coloured tables
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 22:30:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (windows-nt)

Hi Andras,

Andras Major wrote:
> I'm really intrigued by org-mode's table and spreadsheet functionality
> and would like to use it for those cases where I found excel and
> gnumeric impractically cumbersome.
> What I want are two slightly diffent things:
> - Make tables that have cells with individual background colours when
> exported as HTML or PDF.
> - Make tables that have cells with background colours and typeface
> details (bold, italic, etc.) based on contents of either the cells
> themselves or other cells in the table. (Example: mark all negative
> numerical values of a table with a red background.)
> Furthermore, the colouring should be portable, i.e. independent of the
> settings in .emacs.

I add wishes on the above list. Maybe someone will be able to implement them,
if they seem to make sense... So, here's my idea: having some automagic style
(background) applied on the cells to distinguish:

- the input cells (the ones you cannot delete... without troubles): they don't
  have any formula associated with them

- the final result cells: the ones with computed results

- the other ones, whose content is computed, but serves as input to other

Would these be in different colors, I think it would make the reading of
tables much more efficient. And, as far as I know, this does not exist yet in
tools like Excel -- though people can manually apply such color conventions.

Best regards,

Sebastien Vauban

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