pin...@iro.umontreal.ca (François Pinard) writes:

> Here is a need I have once in a while, but for which I do not even have
> realistic suggestions to offer (at least, so I feel).  Maybe someone
> would offer more precise ideas. :-)
> When I have a big Org file which I want to re-organize, one of the
> criteria I use is to manage the overall plan, always keeping a logical
> organization of things of course, and move things around so top-level
> headers become of comparable weights.  By "weight", I mean the amount of
> contents, which is a fuzzy concept (it could be measured as the number
> of sub-headers or sub-items, the depth of structure, or even the raw
> number or lines or characters).
> It may look strange, but this is not so bizarre after all.  When reading
> a book, it is unusual to have a chapter having one page next to a
> chapter having hundreds of page; we expect that the effort of reading a
> chapter is not widely different from the effort of reading another.  In
> the same way, if I decide to tackle the topics under a header, I would
> expect that the energy needed somehow announces the energy that would be
> required to handle another level at the same level.  Of course, there
> could be quite a variance, but nevertheless, I would like to keep that
> variance within bounds.
> And recursively!  The same way I would like to work an weight
> equilibrium for top-level headers, I would like to do the same for the
> sub-headers of a given header.
> My need here is to get an estimate of the weight of displayed headers.
> I could of course expand the whole document and page through to get an
> idea, but at least in the document I'm currently handling, I'm just
> overwhelmed.  (This is not the only document triggering this in me, I
> remember having felt that need many times when I was using WorkFlowy).
> I once thought that colors could encode the weight, but it just would
> not fit Org mode so far that I understand it.  However, it seems that,
> here and there, Org uses some overly magic to display extra information
> -- for example, like with `C-c C-x C-d (`org-clock-display')'.  Maybe
> that some similar machinery could be use to display header weights?  Or
> maybe this would be overkill, because there are simpler ways which I
> just do not know?

The following function will give you the number of sub-headings and
paragraphs (or equivalent, i.e. tables verse-blocks....).

You'll need a recent Org to use it. 

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
(defun pinard-count-subtree-and-paragraphs ()
  "Return number of subtrees and paragraphs in the subtree at point."
   (let ((tree (org-element-parse-buffer 'element)) (num-hl 0) (num-el 0))
     (org-element-map tree 'headline (lambda (hl) (incf num-hl)))
      tree '(paragraph table verse-block quote-block src-block example-block)
      (lambda (el) (incf num-el)))
     (message "Sub-headings: %d ; Parapraphs (or equivalent): %d"
              (1- num-hl) num-el))))

There's no colour, but it's a starter.


Nicolas Goaziou

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