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* Capturing tables and a small proposal for a capture enhancement
@ 2011-10-05 18:55 Shaun Johnson
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From: Shaun Johnson @ 2011-10-05 18:55 UTC (permalink / raw)
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I am trying to use org-capture with a template that contains an org
table. The value of org-capture-templates is:

     (("b" "Blood pressure" entry
       (file "~/Org/bp.org")
       (file "~/Org/CaptureTemplates/b.org")
       :prepend t :immediate-finish t :post-process))

The file ~/Org/CaptureTemplates/b.org contains:

     * %U
     | Systolic     | Diastolic     | Pulse     |
     | %^{Systolic} | %^{Diastolic} | %^{Pulse} |
     | %^{Systolic} | %^{Diastolic} | %^{Pulse} |
     | %^{Systolic} | %^{Diastolic} | %^{Pulse} |

(without the leading white space).

This works but the resulting table is not aligned, obviously I can
align it manually after capture but it would be nice if this could be
automated. I am unable to find any way to do this, am I missing
something or is this currently not possible?

A general solution to this could be to add a new :post-process
property to the template definition whose value should be a function
which is called immediately before
org-capture-before-finalize-hook. My problem would be solved with a
template like:

     (("b" "Blood pressure" entry
       (file "~/Org/bp.org")
       (file "~/Org/CaptureTemplates/b.org")
       :prepend t :immediate-finish t :post-process
       (lambda nil
         (search-forward "|-")

If there is any interest I can submit a patch.

Shaun Johnson.

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