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Org mode for Emacs – TODO list (obsolete)

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Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.

1 Introduction

This page is not maintained anymore. Still, there are a few ideas that can be useful for further development.

This is a loose collection of ideas and TODO items for the future development of Org mode. These ideas come from various sources, mostly from emacs-orgmode@gnu.org, from direct emails to me, or from my own day-dreaming. I don't always mention the source of an idea, out of laziness. However, when I implement a good idea, I try to mention the origin of this idea in the Acknowledgments section of the manual - let me know if I forgot to give you credit for something.

1.1 Nomenclature

On this page, I am using TODO keywords in the following way:

Keyword Intention
TODO A development that is going to happen, once I have time or once I figure out how to do it.
IDEA A new idea, I have not yet decided what if anything I will do about it.
WISH A wish, probably voiced by someone on emacs-orgmode@gnu.org. This is less than a new idea, more a change in existing behavior.
QUESTION A question someone asked, that needs some thinking before it can be answered
DECLINED I have decided not to implement this feature, but I am keeping it in the list so that people can see it, complain, or still try to convince me.
INCONSISTENCY Some behavior in Org mode that is not as clean and consistent as I would like it to be.
BUG This needs to be fixed, as soon as possible.
DONE Well, done is done.
NEW This is a tag, indicating recently added entries

2 Tasks

2.1 Structure

  1. TODO Get rid of all the \r instances, which were used only for XEmacs.
  2. WISH proper visibility cycling for items

    Make them not hide the text after the final list item. This is not trivial, we cannot usenormal outline stuff, needs a separate implementation.

2.2 Agenda issues

2.3 Links

  1. WISH Variable of standard links for completion with C-c C-l

    Or something like that, to make standard links fast.

  2. IDEA Find all links to a specific file
  3. IDEA Make info HTML links work for links to Info files

    Info links of course only work inside Emacs. However, many info documents are on the web, so the HTML exporter could try to be smart and convert an Info link into the corresponding link on the web. For example, we could use the GNU software site then Name.HTML. Here is the link to be used: http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/ Another question is, is this URL going to be stable so that it makes sense to actually put this into org.el?

  4. TODO Document the character protection in links

    I don't think this is really covered anywhere. Maybe we also should protect characters in the visible part, to make sure thing will never be on two lines…?

  5. WISH Radio targets across files

    I guess each org file could write a .orgtargets.filename file, if it has any radio targets.

2.4 Tables

  1. WISH Row formulas


  2. WISH Make a variable that current line should be recomputed always

    In each table. Skipping headers of course.

2.5 Exporting

2.6 Publishing

  1. TODO Document the :recursive option for org-publish

2.7 Miscellaneous Stuff

  1. BUG Comments cannot be filled
  2. TODO Use the new argument of bibtex-url

    Roland Winkler was kind enough to implement a new argument to the `bibtex-url' command that allows me to retrieve the corresponding URL, whether it is taken from a URL field or constructed in some clever way. Currently I am not using this, because too many people use an old Emacs version which does not have this. however, eventually I will implement this.

  3. QUESTION Do we need a 43 folders implementation?

    That could easily be done in an org-mode file. But then, maybe this should really be a paper thing.

  4. Priorities

    Here is some information about priorities, which is not yet documented. Actually, I am not sur if the list here is correct either

    1. QUOTE Priorities

      TODO entries: 1 or 1,2,… DEADLINE is 10-ddays, i.e. it is 10 on the due day i.e. it goes above top todo stuff 7 days before due SCHEDULED is 5-ddays, i.e. it is 5 on the due date i.e. it goes above top todo on the due day TIMESTAMP is 0 i.e. always at bottom but as a deadline it is 100 but if scheduled it is 99 TIMERANGE is 0 i.e. always at bottom DIARY is 0 i.e. always at bottom

      Priority * 1000

  5. QUESTION grep on directory does not yet work.

    I am actually not sure, I might have addressed this already, but my memory is failing me. Needs some checking.