From: Jude DaShiell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Tim Cross <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: forms and org-mode
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 04:55:25 -0400 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <alpine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org> (raw)
Interesting, thanks for your response. I keep tables in their own files,
one table per file to minimize complexity.
On Sat, 21 Aug 2021, Tim Cross wrote:
> OK, but I'm still a little unclear exactly what you are asking about.
> If it is just a general question about whether Emacs Forms could be used
> for data input into an org table, the basic answer is yes, I think so.
> If your asking if anyone has done this - not that I'm aware of.
> If your asking how hard it would be to do, well that depends.
> The biggest challenge I can see is that Emacs forms expects a data file
> which just consists of one record per line where each record is
> separated by a specific character. That part is not too hard. However,
> where things might get tricky is if you want to keep the data in an org
> file with other org data.
> I imagine you could maintain a table in a data file fairly easily. You
> can use the org '|' as the field separators and you would likely need to
> write an input and output filter function to remove white space and add
> it back on writing. None of this would be too hard.
> However, if you wanted an emacs forms interface to one or more tables
> inside a normal org file, it might be more tricky. You would need a far
> more sophisticated input/output filters and possibly need to narrow the
> file or do something else to help the filter functions target the data.
> It has been many years since I used Emacs Forms. From memory, I gave up
> on them as the level of maintenance exceeded the usefulness. I guess it
> all really depends on how much data you need to edit and how predictable
> the target data files are.
> Jude DaShiell <email@example.com> writes:
> > My reason for using forms to do data input into org tables is to minimize
> > errors in the data input to the org tables.
> > On Sat, 21 Aug 2021, Tim Cross wrote:
> >> So you are asking about using Emacs forms for data input into an org
> >> table?
> >> Just not clear on what exactly your asking about.
> >> Jude DaShiell <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> >> > A table with a time stamp column, a text column for notes and an interval
> >> > column rounded to nearest hour. Any statistics to be calculated on that
> >> > intervals column.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > On Sat, 21 Aug 2021, Ihor Radchenko wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> Can you elaborate?
> >> >>
> >> >>
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2021-08-21 8:56 UTC|newest]
Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top
2021-08-21 2:50 forms and org-mode Jude DaShiell
2021-08-21 3:51 ` Ihor Radchenko
2021-08-21 4:41 ` Jude DaShiell
2021-08-21 5:00 ` Tim Cross
2021-08-21 7:54 ` Jude DaShiell
2021-08-21 8:33 ` Tim Cross
2021-08-21 8:55 ` Jude DaShiell [this message]
2021-08-21 10:14 ` Ihor Radchenko
2021-08-21 10:26 ` Greg Minshall
2021-08-21 10:39 ` Ihor Radchenko
2021-08-21 11:41 ` Tim Cross
2021-08-21 12:45 ` Ihor Radchenko
2021-08-21 5:02 ` Ihor Radchenko
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