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Re: [O] Valid use cases for lists?

From: Florian Beck
Subject: Re: [O] Valid use cases for lists?
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:02:07 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> Can anyone give me an example of when it's a good idea to use lists
> rather than headlines?

Headlines often are too heavy for my taste. My reading notes as well as
my notes for writing usually do not have a title. (You might think it good
practice to come up with a title, but my experiments tell me otherwise.)
Headlines are too noisy, both on screen and when exporting.

> when you use them, and then try to use pretty much any
> other Org feature on them (marking them as a TODO item, tagging, etc.)
> it doesn't work because lists aren't meant to be used that way.

True, but there are ways around that:

 - Instead of tagging, write the keywords after the item (use custom
 links or hooks to supress exporting)
 - Use visual-line-mode and search with multi occur.
 - use =#+TODO:= instead of todo keywords (and use multi occur).
 - To uniquely id items, add timestamps (and use multi occur).
 - Write a function to refile items (my hack is a bit idiosyncratic so I
 don't share it here, but it should be pretty straighforward using
 =(org-refile t)= to get the location).

Florian Beck

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