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

From: Eric Schulte
Subject: Re: [O] [ANN] BREAKING CHANGE -- removing #+BABEL file-wide property lines
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:28:48 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.90 (gnu/linux)

My concerns with respect to a property drawer solution are two fold.

1) In the same way that #+PROPERTY: assumes its value will live on a
   single line, property drawers assume that their values will live on a
   single line.  I don't see how it will be easier to fold multi-line
   properties into drawers than outside of drawers.

2) It is not possible to specify file-wide properties with drawers,
   unlike with property lines.

Thanks -- Eric

Samuel Wales <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Eric,
> Properties can be specified in the properties drawer.  But
> multiple-line ones cannot at present (at least not without serializing the way
> multiple-line macros are serialized).
> Therefore you propose new syntax for multiple-line properties.
> I propose that allowing the properties drawer to handle multiple-line
> properties might have 3 advantages over adding block syntax.
> 1: If you want a single-line property, you have a choice.  If you want
> a multiple-line
> property, you have to use a block.  That seems inconsistent.
> 2: Some people would probably have use for multiple-line properties, such
> as in org-contacts.  Doesn't have to be Babel.  People are used to the
> properties drawer.  Also, external parsers are.
> 3: Nic objects to blocks without discussing them first.
> Perhaps upgrading properties drawer will satisfy that objection /and/ be
> consistent /and/ allow further uses in Org.
> This all presumes we're sticking with properties for Babel.
> Samuel
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Eric Schulte

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