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Re: [Orgmode] information/feature request: org analog to latex \descript

From: Sebastian Rose
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] information/feature request: org analog to latex \description environment
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2008 23:04:54 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Hi Eric,

"Eric Schulte" <address@hidden> writes:
> Hi Sebastian,
> I was not clear enough in my original email.  I did find the method you
> describe in the orgmode mailing list archives, however I feel that (to
> me at least) the biggest benefit would be in the ability to edit files
> in org-mode with `fill-paragraph', automated line endings, and even
> bolding of the term to be defined.  Using a syntax like
> ,----
> | first term: and it's definition
> | second: and it's definition
> `----

How should Org distinguish those colons from other colons?

> would be much preferable to what I currently often find myself doing
> which is
> ,----
> | - *first term*: and it's definition
> | - *second*: and it's definition
> `----

This is what I did too :-) I even wrote a little little elisp function
to do this for me. But since a few weeks there is:

  - Term1 :: description (try to press ALT-RET here)
  - Term2 :: description (try to press ALT-RET here)

Are you aware of this syntax?

'Term' is displayed as bold text then.

Unfortunately this is currently only supported for XHTML-Export, where
this becomes a definition-list:

  <dd>description (try to press ALT-RET here)</dd>
  <dd>description (try to press ALT-RET here)</dd>

It does not work like this on LaTeX export though. But I guess this will
follow soon (it's quite a fresh feature).

> granted this is largely just synactic sugar, but small edit helpers like
> this are part of what make org so great!
> Do you think features like this would be generally useful and practical
> to implement?

Definetively, yes. All that's needed is some volunteer to implement the
feature in org-export-latex.el or where ever.


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