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@ 2008-12-16  7:42 Carsten Dominik
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From: Carsten Dominik @ 2008-12-16  7:42 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Hi, I have uploaded Release 6.15, which focusses
on an update of the ID system, and on fixing and extending
the LaTeX exporter.


- Carsten

Changes in Version 6.15


- All known LaTeX export issues fixed
- Captions and attributes for figures and tables.
- Better implementation for entry IDs
- Spreadsheet references to the last table line.
- Old syntax for link attributes abandoned

Incompatible changes

Old syntax for link attributes abandoned

There used to be a syntax for setting link attributes for
HTML export by enclosing the attributes into double braces
and adding them to the link itself, like

   [[./img/a.jpg{{alt="an image"}}] ]

This syntax is not longer supported, use instead

   #+ATTR_HTML: alt="an image"
   [[./img/a.jpg] ]


All known LaTeX export issues fixed

All the remaining issues with the LaTeX exporter have hopefully
been addressed in this release.  In particular, this covers
quoting of special characters in tables and problems with
exporting files where the headline is in the first line, or with
an active region.

Captions and attributes for figures and tables.

Tables, and Hyperlinks that represent inlined images, can now be
equipped with additional information that will be used during
export.  The information will be taken from the following special
lines in the buffer and apply to the first following table or

- #+CAPTION: :: The caption of the image or table.  This string
      should be processed according to the export backend, but
      this is not yet done.

- #+LABEL: :: A label to identify the figure/table for cross
      references.  For HTML export, this string will become the
      ID for the `<div class="figure">' element that encapsulates
      the image tag and the caption.  For LaTeX export, this
      string will be used as the argument of a `\label{...}'
      macro.  These labels will be available for internal links
      like `[[label][Table] ]'.

- #+ATTR_HTML: :: Attributes for HTML export of image, to be
      added as attributes into the `<img...>' tag.  This string
      will not be processed, so it should have immediately the
      right format.

- #+ATTR_LaTeX: :: Attributes for LaTeX export of images and
      For /images/, this string is directly inserted into
      the optional argument of the `\includegraphics[...]{file}'
      command, to specify scaling, clipping and other options.
      This string will not be processed, so it should have
      immediately the right format, like `width=5cm,angle=90'.
      For /tables/, this can currently contain the keyword
      `longtable', to request typesetting of the table using the
      longtable package, which automatically distributes the table
      over several pages if needed.  Also, the attributes line may
      contain an alignment string for the tabular environment, like

For LaTeX export, if either a caption or a label is given, the element
will be exported as a float, i.e. wrapped into a figure or table

Better implementation for entry IDs

Unique identifiers for entries can now be used more efficiently.
Internally, a hash array has replaced the alist used so far to
keep track of the files in which an ID is defined.  This makes it
quite fast to find an entry by ID.

There is a new link type which looks like this:


This link points to a specific entry.  When you move the entry to
a different file, for example if you move it to an archive
file, the link will continue to work.

The file /org-id.el/ contains an API that can be used to write
code using these identifiers, including creating IDs and finding
them wherever they are.

Org has its own method to create unique identifiers, but if the system
has /uuidgen/ command installed (Mac's and Linux systems generally
do), it will be used by default (a change compared to the earlier
implmentation, where you explicitdly had to opt for uuidgen).  You can
also select the method by hand, using the variable `org-id-method'.

If the ID system ever gets confused about where a certain ID is, it
initiates a global scan of all agenda files with associated archives,
all files previously known containing any IDs, and all currently
visited Org-mode files to rebuild the hash.  You can also initiate
this by hand: `M-x org-id-update-id-locations'.  Running this command
will also dump into the `*Messages*' buffer information about any
duplicate IDs.  These should not exist, and Org will never /make/ the
same ID twice, but if you /copy/ an entry with its properties,
duplicate IDs will inevitably be produced.  Unfortunately, this is
unavoidable in a plain text system that allows you to edit the text in
arbitrary ways, and a portion of care on your side is needed to keep
this system clean.

The hash is stored in the file `~/.emacs.d/.org-id-locations'.
This is also a change from previous versions where the file was
`~/.org=id-locations'.  Therefore, you can remove this old file
if you have it.  I am not sure what will happen if the `.emacs.d'
directory does not exists in your setup, but in modern Emacsen, I
believe it should exist.  If you do not want to use IDs across
files, you can avoid the overhead with tracking IDs by
customizing the variable `org-id-track-globally'.  IDs can then
still be used for links inside a single file.

IDs will also be used when you create a new link to an Org-mode
buffer.  If you use `org-store-link' (normally at `C-c l') inside
en entry in an Org-mode buffer, and ID property will be created
if it does not exist, and the stored link will be an `id:' link.
If you prefer the much less secure linking to headline text, you
can configure the variable `org-link-to-org-use-id'.  The default
setting for this variable is `create-if-interactive', meaning
that an ID will be created when you store a link interactively,
but not if you happen to be in an Org-mode file while you create
a remember note (which usually has a link to the place where you
were when starting remember).

Spreadsheet references to the last table line.

You may now use `@0' to reference the last dataline in a table
in a stable way.  This is useful in particular for automatically
generated tables like the ones using /org-collector.el/ by Eric

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