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Re: [O] [RFC] [PATCH] [babel] read description lists as lists of lists

From: Nicolas Goaziou
Subject: Re: [O] [RFC] [PATCH] [babel] read description lists as lists of lists
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:52:39 +0200


Aaron Ecay <address@hidden> writes:

> The attached patch makes babel read description lists as lists of the
> following format: (("term" "description") ...).  The present default is
> to simply read in the text of each list item, yielding:
> ("term :: description" ...).

Thank you.

> Of course, it’s possible to interconvert between the two formats, but I
> think the greater structure of this proposal makes things easier for
> babel authors.  (Another way of thinking of the proposal is that it
> treats description lists like two-column tables.)
> What do people think?

The problem I see here is that you're introducing yet another internal
representation for lists (along with element's and
org-list-parse-list's). Worse, it can only be discovered when reading
the docstring of a Babel internal function and will only benefit to

If this new internal representation is better than current one, by all
means, improve `org-list-parse-list', and document it in

  (info "(org) Radio lists")

This is more work, but, IMO, it is also the only sane way to proceed.

> +THE result is a list of strings \(the list items), unless the

You only need to escape parenthesis at the beginning of a line.

> +     (mapcar (lambda (el)
> +               (let ((s (split-string el " :: ")))
> +                 (list (nth 0 s) (mapconcat #'identity (cdr s) " :: "))))

This is really awkward. You can use a regexp to extract the tag.


Nicolas Goaziou

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