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Re: [O] [ANN] BREAKING CHANGE -- removing #+BABEL file-wide property lin

From: Christian Moe
Subject: Re: [O] [ANN] BREAKING CHANGE -- removing #+BABEL file-wide property lines
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:27:30 +0200
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Whoa -- before this gets more confusing:

Eric, did you push up a (new, or at least so far undocumented in the manual) syntax involving a #+PROPERTIES line, as Nick and Sebastien seem to understand you?

Or was #+PROPERTIES just a typo, and you mean using the #+PROPERTY line or :PROPERTIES: drawer, as provided in the manual?


(lamenting the demise of the #+BABEL header I'd just recently started to use)

On 10/20/11 10:12 PM, Eric Schulte wrote:
Nick Dokos<address@hidden>  writes:

Eric Schulte<address@hidden>  wrote:

I have just pushed up a change to the Org-mode git repository which
removes support for #+BABEL lines.  Please use the more general
#+PROPERTIES lines instead.

Coming late to the dance - sorry. I think that's very confusing.
"Property" is an overloaded term in org: we now have the :PROPERTIES:
drawer, the #+PROPERTY line and the #+PROPERTIES line (singular and
plural forms are already pretty bad).

Do the #+PROPERTY and #+PROPERTIES lines have different semantics?

Also, there is the general concept of properties (the stuff that the
property API applies to).

Unless there is an underlying unity of which I'm unaware, I'd strongly
suggest another term - perhaps CODE_BLOCK_HEADER_ARGUMENTS (plus
an easy-template for easy insertion).

Code blocks already piggy-back off of subtree properties pulling their
header arguments out of the properties specified on the subtree level.
Given that header arguments and properties are already thus interleaved
I believe that properties should be used on the file-wide level as well,
rather than introducing another synonymous keyword which adds no new

Does that make sense?

Best -- Eric

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