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From: "Egli Christian (KIRO 41)" <christian.egli@credit-suisse.com>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: RE: What's the use of Column View?
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:33:28 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <52D89C75FEE9444E8D9C016E3730098306CE9A@chsa1036.share.beluni.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <m38x2qkipg.fsf@cam.ac.uk>

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Hi Leo

> Any one find the column view feature of any use?

I use it quite a bit. Let me show you a simple use case:

If I plan a simple project I quickly write down all the tasks that I
have to do. Let's say I want to create a new web site.


In order to plan it I need to make some time estimates, i.e. I need an
effort attribute for all my tasks. I add a properties drawer that
defines the columns of the column view. Note that the '{+}' will cause
column view to automatically calculate the sum of the subtasks.


Now that I've defined the columns I can go into column view to fill in
my effort estimates. Type C-c C-x C-c. This brings me into column view
where I have a tabular view of all the tasks and the estimated efforts.

I fill in all the estimates by moving to the right row/column and edit
the values by pressing 'e' and entering the value at the prompt. As the
values are entered the sum is automatically calculated and filled for
the "Implementation" and for the top row. Once I've filled in all the
values I'm basically done with the column view. I quit the view by
pressing 'q'.


Now, say I want to export the project plan to HTML so I can send it to
my client. For that I add a dynamic block. Press C-c C-x r. Make sure
the cursor right below the main header as below. 


This will insert a table outlining your tasks and the estimated efforts
ready for export to HTML as shown below


There you go! A quick and simple way to get an overview. The power of
column view stems from the fact that it lets you quickly and simply
define hierarchical structures and then combine them with a tabular

Hope this helps


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  parent reply	other threads:[~2008-01-16 10:34 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-01-15 19:11 What's the use of Column View? Leo
2008-01-15 19:44 ` Phil Jackson
2008-01-16  1:10 ` Eddward DeVilla
2008-01-16  1:39 ` Bastien
2008-01-16  4:22   ` Russell Adams
2008-01-16 10:33 ` Egli Christian (KIRO 41) [this message]
2008-01-17  0:59   ` Bernt Hansen
2008-01-18  9:41     ` Carsten Dominik
2008-01-18 13:42       ` Bernt Hansen

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