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Re: Concrete suggestions to improve Org mode third-party integration ::

From: Juan Manuel Macías
Subject: Re: Concrete suggestions to improve Org mode third-party integration :: an afterthought following Karl Voit's Orgdown proposal
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2021 05:57:42 +0000

Russell Adams writes:

> What makes Org dramatically different is the editing experience in
> Emacs. Collapsing the outline, filtering on metadata, exports, agenda,
> etc. Those are Emacs features, not specific to the actual markup
> format.
> My impression is we already have stretched our resources thin trying
> to maintain Org. Pushing to provide compatibility with non-Emacs tools
> seems a poor use of their time, and rude to ask of them.
> If non-Emacs users and coders want to use Org formatted files, they
> are free to spend their time customizing their tools to make it
> work. If the Org project owes anything to anyone, it's a consistent
> experience for the users who have used Org for years. Not changes to
> satisfy potential users or follow trendy fads.
> My experience has been that Org's markup is so simple and could be
> summarized in a few lines. Anything more complex enters the territory
> of Emacs only features (ie: drawers. exports, view control, source
> blocks, reporting). Those are unlikely to be portable, so we're back
> to "use Emacs".

I think that I cannot agree more with this. Org Mode is GNU Emacs, and
the magic of Org Mode is the magic of GNU Emacs. That's why I insist
that going to Org means going to Emacs.

Best regards,

Juan Manuel 

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