* txt2tags exporter: patch & questions
@ 2012-11-13 18:40 Matteo Cypriani
2012-11-14 14:19 ` Nicolas Goaziou
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From: Matteo Cypriani @ 2012-11-13 18:40 UTC (permalink / raw)
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I worked on an exporter to the txt2tags format (http://txt2tags.org/) via org-
export-generic, and I have got a few questions (that are also included as
comments in the attached patch).
My first question is about numbered lists: they don't seem to be detected,
i.e. numbers are kept (despite :body-number-list-leave-number is set to nil),
and the prefix is not applied. It seems to be the case also for other formats
handled by the generic exporter, so maybe it is a known issue.
In the same kind of issue, the #+BEGIN_QUOTE blocks does not seem to be
detected, setting :blockquote-start and :blockquote-end doesn't have any
effect and the text inside the block is outputted as normal paragraph text.
#+BEGIN_VERSE blocks are the same except they start with “ORG-VERSE-START” and
end with “ORG-VERSE-END”, but I guess this is more normal since I don't find
any mention of verse blocks in the org-export-generic code.
That said the txt2tags format doen't handle quote blocks, each line of a quote
must be indented by a tab. Would it be possible to add something like :body-
line-quote-format and :body-line-verse-format (as :body-line-fixed-format
I also have a problem with tables, as txt2tags doesn't handle horizontal lines
in the tables; would it be possible to add an option like :body-line-export-
My last question is about paragraph spacing. To get a blank line between two
paragraphs (which is the way to separate paragraphs in txt2tags as well as in
org-mode), I set :body-newline-paragraph to "\n" (by the way that should also
be the case at least in the MediaWiki exporter). It works as expected for
normal paragraphs, but it becomes a mess with item lists.
I set the following variables for more visibility:
:body-list-format "- %s!EOI!"
So we have !EOL! before an end of line, !NP! before a new paragraph, !EOI! at
the end of a list item (without a trailing new line), !BLS! to begin the list
suffix and !ELS! to end it. Note that the txt2tags format requires two blank
lines to close a list.
Now we have the following text in our org-mode buffer:
- First item.
- This is
on three lines.
- Bar foo
Which gets exported as:
- First item.!EOI!!NP!
- This is!EOI!!BLS!
!ELS! an item!EOL!
on three lines.!EOL!
- Bar foo!EOI!!BLS!
So, it sounds like multi-line items are not handled properly by org-generic-
exporter. In my opinion:
- :body-newline-paragraph should not be added inside a list, we can handle the
format of an item list with :body-list-format.
- The second and subsequent lines of an item should be handled as special
elements instead of as normal lines, i.e. :body-line-format should not be
used, but maybe a :body-list-line-format should be added.
- The end of a list should be detected so that :body-list-suffix is added only
I am by no mean a Lisp developper, so that is what I *think* should be done to
get a proper handling of lists, but (1) I may be wrong, and (2) I don't think
I can do that myself. Comments and advices appreciated.
Also, at the end of my patch is a small list of things missing in org-generic-
exporter to get a complete txt2tags support, in case someone's got some spare
time and doesn't know where to start :-)
Thanks for reading so far,
P.S.: please keep me CC'ed if you answer this email, as I am not subscribed to
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--- org-export-generic.el.orig 2012-11-13 17:59:22.795585712 +0100
+++ org-export-generic.el 2012-11-13 19:33:15.458769199 +0100
@@ -371,6 +371,103 @@
+ ;; txt2tags
+ :file-suffix ".t2t"
+ :key-binding ?2
+ ; Header
+ :title-format "%s\n"
+ :author-export t
+ :date-export t
+ :date-suffix "\n"
+ :toc-export nil
+ ; Titles & sections
+ :body-section-prefix ""
+ :body-header-section-numbers nil
+ :body-section-header-prefix ("\n\n\n= " "\n== " "=== "
+ "==== " "===== " "====== ")
+ :body-section-header-format "%s"
+ :body-section-header-suffix (" =\n" " ==\n" " ===\n"
+ " ====\n" " =====\n" " ======\n")
+ ; General line format
+ :body-line-format "%s\n"
+ :body-line-wrap 72
+ ; To have a new line after each paragraph:
+ :body-newline-paragraph "\n"
+ :body-text-prefix ""
+ :body-text-suffix ""
+ ; Lists
+ ; Note: nested lists are not handled by org-export-generic yet.
+ ; /!\ Multi-line items get a new line after their first line
+ ; (because of :body-newline-paragraph)
+ :body-list-format "- %s"
+ :body-list-suffix "\n\n"
+ ; Numbered lists
+ ; /!\ Numbered lists does not seem to be detected in the Org source
+ ; file!
+ :body-number-list-format "+ %s\n"
+ :body-number-list-suffix "\n\n"
+ :body-number-list-leave-number nil
+ ; Checkboxes
+ :body-list-checkbox-todo "\\1 "
+ :body-list-checkbox-done "\\1 "
+ :body-list-checkbox-half "\\1 "
+ :body-list-checkbox-todo-end ""
+ :body-list-checkbox-done-end ""
+ :body-list-checkbox-half-end "\n"
+ ; Text style formats
+ :bold-format "**%s**"
+ :italic-format "//%s//"
+ :underline-format "__%s__"
+ :strikethrough-format "--%s--"
+ :code-format "``%s``"
+ :verbatim-format "``%s``"
+ ; Block formats
+ :body-line-export-preformated t
+ :body-line-fixed-format "``` %s\n"
+ ; /!\ #+BEGIN_QUOTE does not seem to work (neither do #+BEGIN_VERSE)
+; :blockquote-start "!BLOCKQUOTE-START!"
+; :blockquote-end "!BLOCKQUOTE-END!"
+ ; Tables
+ :body-table-start ""
+ :body-table-end ""
+ :body-table-row-start "|"
+ :body-table-row-end "|"
+ :body-table-cell-start ""
+ :body-table-cell-end ""
+ :body-table-first-cell-start ""
+ :body-table-interior-cell-start "| "
+ :body-table-interior-cell-end " "
+ :body-table-last-cell-end ""
+ ; /!\ Horizontal lines are not handled by txt2tags, but there is
+ ; apparently no way to avoid them
+ :body-table-hline-start ""
+ :body-table-hline-end ""
+ ; Other stuff handled by txt2tags and org-mode but not yet by
+ ; org-export-generic:
+ ; - definition/description lists
+ ; - comments (# lines and #+BEGIN_COMMENT blocks)
+ ; - verbatim/literal blocks (#+BEGIN_EXAMPLE and #+BEGIN_SRC)
+ ; - horizontal rule (currently detected as a list item)
+ ; - links
+ ; - images
+ ; - included files (#+INCLUDE) (what would be nice is an option to
+ ; allow choosing between inclusion of sub-files as #+INCLUDEs or
+ ; directly in the text)
+ ; - macros
;; internet-draft .xml for xml2rfc exporter
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