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Re: [O] Valid use cases for lists?

From: Matt Lundin
Subject: Re: [O] Valid use cases for lists?
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:06:05 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.130014 (Ma Gnus v0.14) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Chris Patti <address@hidden> writes:

> Can anyone give me an example of when it's a good idea to use lists
> rather than headlines?
> They feel rather like a violation of the principle of least surprise
> to me, because 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.

> I'm guessing I'm missing something obvious here, and that's why I'm asking.

Lists are lists. Headlines are headlines. If you need something to show
up in an agenda view, use a headline. 

>From the perspective of document structure, headlines vs. lists
corresponds with section headings vs. lists in Markdown:

I find lists to be a good means quickly to organize and reorganize items
within an entry. I use them for brainstorming, for making grocery lists,
for itemizing ingredients in recipes, for documenting what I did on a
task, etc.

Though you can't tag them or add todos to them, you can use checkboxes
to track your progress on items in a list.

 - http://orgmode.org/manual/Checkboxes.html#Checkboxes

Lists also play an important role in export. E.g., this list...

 - apples
   - Fuji
   - Red Delicious
 - bananas
 - pears

Exports to html as...

<ul class="org-ul">
<ul class="org-ul">
<li>Red Delicious</li>


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