From: Timothy <email@example.com>
To: Tim Cross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Syntax Proposal: Multi-line Table Cells/Text Wrapping
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:27:13 +0800 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <email@example.com> (raw)
Tim Cross <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> In principal, it wold be great to be able to support multi-row columns.
> However, I'm not sure how easily this can actually be implemented in a
> consistent and maintainable manner.
Mmmm, this of feels like something where you'll quickly learn how hard
it is/isn't when you try to implement it.
> From watching these discussions in the past, I think the big stumbling
> block is how easily multi-row columns can be added and maintained in the
> various export formats. Some are easy, like HTML, but others are less
> so. In particular, I know from my many years working with Latex,
> multi-row columns are not straight-forward. There are lots of edge cases
> to deal with and it is hard to get a consistent result programatically.
> Proposals like this one can seem simple and straight-forward on the
> surface. However, implementation is another matter. All of the exporters
> will need to be updated to handle this new syntax and it will probably
> take a fair bit of work to handle it correctly in just plain org files
> (formatting, highlighting etc).
Currently if you were to try this content with the proposed syntax,
content is just put in the top left cell of the group. This seems like a
reasonable fallback to me. Then for HTML we have colspan/rowspan, and
for LaTeX there's \multicolumn and with the multirow package \multirow.
FWIW just formatting would need to be updated for Org files.
Highlighting is fine as is.
> If this was something people were prepared to put the time into
> implementing, I think it must be done in a completely separate feature
> branch and would need to be fully tested (including all back end
> exporters) before it can be merged into the mainline branch. It would
> also be important to profile and ensure it does not have significant
> impact on performance.
> I am a little concerned about the expansion and addition of features in
> org mode when there seems to already be a challenge with respect to
> maintenance and bug fixing. Personally, I would prefer an org mode which
> is consistent and reliable over one with large numbers of features that
> is less stable and slower.
I appreciate this concern, but I do think that the ability to have
multi-col/row cells is invaluable in many large tables, and so would be
a very good addition to Org.
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2021-03-19 2:28 UTC|newest]
Thread overview: 33+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top
2021-03-17 20:29 Syntax Proposal: Multi-line Table Cells/Text Wrapping Atlas Cove
2021-03-17 21:02 ` Daniele Nicolodi
2021-03-17 22:07 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-18 13:38 ` Atlas Cove
2021-03-18 14:04 ` Daniele Nicolodi
2021-03-18 15:15 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-18 14:19 ` Maxim Nikulin
2021-03-18 14:26 ` Timothy
2021-03-18 14:31 ` Atlas Cove
2021-03-18 21:58 ` Tim Cross
2021-03-18 22:41 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-19 8:08 ` tomas
2021-03-19 8:44 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-19 8:53 ` tomas
2021-03-19 9:22 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-19 10:14 ` tomas
2021-03-19 10:53 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-19 11:08 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-19 13:43 ` tomas
2021-03-19 15:07 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-20 22:49 ` Samuel Wales
2021-03-21 8:43 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-19 2:27 ` Timothy [this message]
2021-03-19 3:50 ` Tim Cross
2021-03-19 4:02 ` Timothy
2021-03-19 13:33 ` Eric S Fraga
2021-03-19 21:33 ` Tim Cross
2021-03-20 9:19 ` Eric S Fraga
2021-03-20 10:40 ` Juan Manuel Macías
2021-03-20 13:41 ` Andreas Eder
2021-03-20 22:06 ` Tim Cross
2021-03-22 10:54 ` Eric S Fraga
2021-04-01 6:15 ` Tom Gillespie
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