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Re: Shower thought: submit an IETF RFC to register Org as a MIME type

From: Leo Vivier
Subject: Re: Shower thought: submit an IETF RFC to register Org as a MIME type
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2020 15:09:07 +0200

Hi there,

Bastien <bzg@gnu.org> writes:

> As the first paragraph says: 
>   "This document describes and comments Org syntax as it is currently
>   read by its parser (Org Elements)"
> while we need a description of Org's syntax from the point of view of 
> (1) a human writer and (2) any possible Org parser.

I agree that (1) and (2) should be two different documents.  (2) would
be especially interesting since there are quite a few projects afoot to
parse Org documents outside of Emacs:
- go-org (Go)
- orgize (Rust)

They are in various stages of advancement, but a design document would
go a long way in federating those efforts.

> I don't know how difficult it is, but I suspect it is quite a lot of
> work.

I assume that it would be, yes.  However, as someone with a vested
interest in developing an efficient external parser for Org documents,
I’d love to contribute.  I’ve been playing around lately with ox.el to
write an exporter to Jupyter (more on that soon), and since it makes
extensive use of org-element.el, I’d have a modicum of knowledge upon
which I could initiate the effort.


Leo Vivier
Freelance Software Engineer
Website: www.leovivier.com | Blog: www.zaeph.net

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