From: Tim Visher <email@example.com> To: Org Mode List <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: how to document/comment a complex org table formula Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2021 10:55:10 -0400 [thread overview] Message-ID: <CAHa53uwcWesXHjpECqyqD9wLsX+2SpN3C3hNL7JtupR-zvwBTg@mail.gmail.com> (raw) In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> [-- Attachment #1: Type: text/plain, Size: 1828 bytes --] On Mon, Jul 5, 2021 at 10:14 AM Eric S Fraga <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Sorry; I cannot help you directly. > > My rule of thumb is that if formulas are getting too complex to > understand/recall clearly, it's time to use a proper programming > language instead. The nice thing about org is you can have tables as > inputs to and outputs of src blocks... > > My papers often have awk source blocks that process tables to generate > statistics for some (numerical) experiments. > > Spreadsheets, org tables being an example of such, are brilliant tools > for simple calculations but are pretty much "write only programming > languages". > I had never heard of using an org table as input into a source block. That's really interesting. The OP also poses an interesting idea that I have occasionally wanted. I have generally accomplished this by simply including the documentation above or below the table. In other words just having human text around it that says 'This =formula= bit is because of X'. But the idea of a multiline TBLFM syntax seems to be already be almost supported. I was mildly shocked to find that this mostly works ``` |---+---| | a | 1 | | b | 3 | |---+---| | | 4 | #+TBLFM: @2$2=@-1*3 #+TBLFM: @3$2=vsum(@I..II) ``` Note that I don't need the usual `::` separation between formulas. Where it breaks down is that I can't seem to reevaluate the whole table's formula by whacking `C-u C-c C-c` anymore and, obviously, there's no syntax for adding comments. Also I doubt that I'd be able to use any of org's keys for editing formulas. I wonder how hard it would be to extend org's understanding of the TBLFM to allow for this kind of syntax. Once you had it then adding a comment character to it should be very simple. -- In Christ, Timmy V. https://blog.twonegatives.com http://five.sentenc.es [-- Attachment #2: Type: text/html, Size: 2645 bytes --]
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2021-07-05 14:56 UTC|newest] Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top 2021-07-04 19:14 Uwe Brauer 2021-07-05 14:13 ` Eric S Fraga 2021-07-05 14:45 ` Uwe Brauer 2021-07-05 14:55 ` Tim Visher [this message] 2021-07-05 15:20 ` Jude DaShiell 2021-07-05 17:10 ` Uwe Brauer 2021-07-05 17:24 ` Jude DaShiell 2021-07-05 15:39 ` Eric S Fraga 2021-07-05 17:08 ` Uwe Brauer 2021-07-05 17:12 ` Karl Voit 2021-07-05 19:35 ` Uwe Brauer 2021-07-05 5:31 CHARPENTIER Emmanuel via General discussions about Org-mode. 2021-07-05 6:29 ` Uwe Brauer 2021-07-08 20:19 ` Nick Dokos
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