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Re: [PATCH] org-table-import: Make it more smarter for interactive use

From: Nicolas Goaziou
Subject: Re: [PATCH] org-table-import: Make it more smarter for interactive use
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 10:19:03 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.2 (gnu/linux)


Utkarsh Singh <utkarsh190601@gmail.com> writes:

> My previous patch proposed to add support for importing file with
> arbitrary name and building upon that this patch tries to make use of it
> by making org-table-import smarter by simply adding more separators
> (delimiters).

Good idea, thank you. Some comments follow.

> +(defun org-table-guess-separator (beg0 end0)
> +  "Guess separator for `org-table-convert-region' for region BEG0 to END0.
> +
> +List of preferred separator:
> +comma, TAB, ';', ':' or SPACE

I suggest to use full names everywhere: comma, TAB, semicolon, colon, or

> +If region contains a line which doesn't contain the required
> +separator then discard the separator and search again using next
> +separator."
> +  (let ((beg (save-excursion
> +            (goto-char (min beg0 end0))
> +            (beginning-of-line 1)
> +            (point)))

  (beginning-of-line 1) + (point) -> (line-beginning-position)

since you don't intent to move point.

> +     (end (save-excursion
> +            (goto-char (max beg0 end0))
> +            (end-of-line 1)
> +            (if (bolp) (backward-char 1) (end-of-line 1))

I'm not sure about what you mean above. First, the second call to
end-of-line is useless, since you're already at the end of the line.
Second, what is wrong if point is at an empty line? Why do you want to
move it back?

> +            (point))))

You may want to use `line-end-position'.

> +    (save-excursion
> +      (goto-char beg)
> +      (cond
> +       ((not (re-search-forward "^[^\n,]+$" end t)) '(4))
> +       ((not (re-search-forward "^[^\n\t]+$" end t)) '(16))
> +       ((not (re-search-forward "^[^\n;]+$" end t)) ";")
> +       ((not (re-search-forward "^[^\n:]+$" end t)) ":")
> +       ((not (re-search-forward "^\\([^'\"][^\n\s][^'\"]\\)+$" end t)) " ")
> +       (t nil)))))

I think you need to wrap `save-excursion' around each
`re-search-forward' call. Otherwise each test starts at the first line
containing the separator previously tested.
> +
>  ;;;###autoload
>  (defun org-table-convert-region (beg0 end0 &optional separator)
>    "Convert region to a table.
> @@ -862,10 +891,7 @@ org-table-convert-region
>  integer  When a number, use that many spaces, or a TAB, as field separator
>  regexp   When a regular expression, use it to match the separator
>  nil      When nil, the command tries to be smart and figure out the
> -         separator in the following way:
> -         - when each line contains a TAB, assume TAB-separated material
> -         - when each line contains a comma, assume CSV material
> -         - else, assume one or more SPACE characters as separator."
> +         separator using `org-table-guess-seperator'."

I wonder if creating a new function is warranted here. You could add the
news checks after those already present in the code, couldn't you?

Nicolas Goaziou

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