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* Tables: missing multi-col/row syntax
@ 2020-11-02 18:14 TEC
  2020-11-02 19:45 ` Tom Gillespie
  2020-11-03 10:08 ` David Rogers
  0 siblings, 2 replies; 8+ messages in thread
From: TEC @ 2020-11-02 18:14 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Hi all,

This is a pretty major 'feature request', but I think also an 
important
one.

When developing large tables, it can often be /necessary/ to start 
using
multi-column/row cells for clarity, and sensible exporting 
results.

As far as I am aware, in Org does not currently have any 
multi-col/row
syntax. The only viable method seems to be re-implementing the 
table
using export blocks in every backend you may want to export to (in 
my
case, usually TeX + HTML). This is clumsy, difficult to work with, 
and
could be avoided should org gain support for multi-col/row syntax.

I appreciate that this would constitute a major change both the 
Org's
syntax and the codebase, but I believe such a change is warranted 
by the
advantages it would provide.

Both how this can be implemented while minimising/eliminating the 
chance
of breaking well-formed current table elements, and what syntax 
may be
both acceptable and seem sensible to use.

I would anticipate such a feature working by designating two 
characters
to indicate "add row" and "add column". For example "|" and "-". 
These
characters would take affect when /immediately following/ (no 
space) a
cell separator ("|"), and designate the dimensions of the top 
right cell.

Example:
| a | b | c |
|---+---+---|
| a | - | | |
| - | b | . |
| . | | | c |

Would be interpreted just as any current table is.

However,

| hello | there | you  |
|-------+-------+------|
|| two column   | cell |

Contains a 2x1 cell.

| a little | test |
|----------+------|
|- hello   | hi   |
| two row  | you  |

Contains a 1x2 cell. In a more complex example:

| a | b | c |
|---+---+---|
||-- hi | a |
| two x | . |
| three | b |
| c | - | . |

Contains a 2x3 cell.

This is just the first syntax that comes to mind, but hopefully 
the
general form of this idea seems viable.

All the best,

Timothy.


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2020-11-02 19:45 ` Tom Gillespie
2020-11-02 19:46   ` TEC
2020-11-04  9:23   ` Christian Moe
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