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From: Marcin Borkowski <mbork@wmi.amu.edu.pl>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: Agenda in MobileOrg for Android
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:41:04 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20130407234104.48d1a07f@aga-netbook> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <867gkeavnd.fsf@gmail.com>

Dnia 2013-04-07, o godz. 14:16:54
David Rogers <davidandrewrogers@gmail.com> napisał(a):

> Marcin Borkowski <mbork@wmi.amu.edu.pl> writes:
> > the key seems to be "too hard to use efficiently"...  I am afraid
> > that MobileOrg for Android) is indeed much more difficult to use
> > than the Emacs version.  The strength of Org is that it is easy to
> > use (and efficient in terms of keystrokes etc.).
> >
> > I am just wondering...  What is the rationale behind all the syncing
> > stuff?  Assume that I have all my org files dropboxed - why not just
> > edit them directly in the mobile version?  I was thinking about it
> > for some time, and can't see any disadvantages with this approach.
> > In fact, since I'm considering learning to write Android apps, I am
> > very much tempted to use an "org-lite" app (say, just TODOs or
> > capture for the beginning) as my first project.
> I have felt the same way. Is the reason it's not already done (and the
> pitfall for you if you take on a project like this) that "re-write
> major chunks of Emacs" is a pretty big job?

Well, it seems that it actually *is* done, though not for a
touchscreen: I hear that Vimperator supports some subset of Org's
functionality in Vim.

Remember that the purpose of something like such an app (as opposed to
Org-mode proper) would not be *editing* of text, but (primarily)
*entering* texts (and short ones, for that matter), entering
timestamps (which is quite convenient with any pointing device,
including touchscreens) and things like changing todo states and
clocking in and out - and that's basically it.  In other words, a very
small subset of Org-mode is needed here (at least for me).

> There is already Emacs ported to Android; it isn't very convenient nor
> working that well yet IMO. Maybe that project could use some help to
> make it work well enough to use for this??

I don't think so.  I'm not a usability expert, but the UI philosophies
behind a keyboard and a touchscreen seem to be so different that this
doesn't seem to make much sense.


Marcin Borkowski
Adam Mickiewicz University

  reply	other threads:[~2013-04-07 21:41 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-03-24  1:52 Agenda in MobileOrg for Android Marcin Borkowski
2013-03-24  2:04 ` John Hendy
2013-04-07 13:13   ` Marcin Borkowski
2013-04-07 21:16     ` David Rogers
2013-04-07 21:41       ` Marcin Borkowski [this message]
2013-04-08  4:33         ` David Rogers
2013-04-08  6:24           ` Marcin Borkowski
2013-04-08  1:20     ` James Harkins
2013-04-08  9:26       ` Marcin Borkowski
2013-04-09 10:19         ` Gareth Smith
2013-04-08  6:52     ` James Harkins
2013-04-08  9:28       ` Marcin Borkowski
2013-04-09 18:24         ` Matthew Jones
2013-04-09 20:27           ` Marcin Borkowski
2013-04-09 20:51             ` Matthew Jones
2013-04-09 21:36               ` Marcin Borkowski
2013-04-09 22:06           ` John Hendy
2013-04-23 10:50           ` Android MobileOrg: appointments without SCHEDULED/DEADLINE (was: Agenda in MobileOrg for Android) Karl Voit
2013-04-24  4:41             ` Android MobileOrg: appointments without SCHEDULED/DEADLINE Rémi Vanicat
2013-04-24  7:38               ` Eric S Fraga
2013-04-24 14:46                 ` Rémi Vanicat
2013-04-24 17:21               ` Henning Weiss
2013-04-24 17:33               ` MobileOrg and repeating events (was: Android MobileOrg: appointments without SCHEDULED/DEADLINE) Karl Voit
2013-04-24 17:15             ` Android MobileOrg: appointments without SCHEDULED/DEADLINE (was: Agenda in MobileOrg for Android) Henning Weiss
2013-04-24 17:30               ` Karl Voit
2013-04-25  8:55               ` Android MobileOrg: appointments without SCHEDULED/DEADLINE Eric S Fraga
2013-04-15 12:45         ` Agenda in MobileOrg for Android Andreas Leha
2013-04-15 15:24           ` Bastien
2013-04-15 18:36             ` Andreas Leha
2013-05-12  1:55         ` mobileorg-android
2013-05-13  3:00           ` [mobileorg-android] " James Harkins
2013-05-13 13:28             ` Marcin Borkowski
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2013-04-07 17:54 Itai kloog
2013-04-09 18:09 Jorge A. Alfaro Murillo
2013-04-09 18:18 ` David Rogers

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