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From: Leo Alekseyev <dnquark <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Improving org-goto isearch
Newsgroups: gmane.emacs.orgmode
Date: Saturday 25th December 2010 09:34:20 UTC (over 6 years ago)
I use org-goto to quickly jump to a heading that I know contains a
certain word.  More often than not, it's a 2nd, 3rd, ... level
heading.  I've been relying on org-goto for many months, but both of
the current interfaces leave something to be desired.

Let's say I want to be on heading FOO.  Right now, I am looking at the
outline headings+children tree.  I see FOO somewhere in the hierarchy.
 Now, my options are: C-c C-j, the default interface, which spawns a
new temp buffer; it overtakes my split-screen workspace (intrusive and
potentially slow).  Then I have to isearch for FOO and hit C-s until I
land on the correct heading.  In the process, the intermediate
headings that contain FOO will be unfolded (intrusive).

My second option is C-u C-c C-j, the ido/path completion interface
(which only functions provided (setq
org-outline-path-complete-in-steps nil) is set).  Now, the outline
looks completely different because it's all thrown in one big pile in
the minibuffer.  I type FOO, but as luck has it, I have 10 headings
that contain FOO, so I either have to C-s a bunch of times to cycle
through them, or type out the whole tree hierarchy that led to it;
when you make a typo, ido often slows to a crawl...  It can get
annoying.

Here is what I would like to see: the default interface of org-goto,
with the following changes:
(a) don't bother with the temp buffer at all.  If a temp buffer
absolutely has to be created, then don't mess with the layout of the
windows; just let it replace the working org-buffer window.
(b) when isearching through headings, don't unfold things that are folded.

In other words, I simply want the capability to isearch through
headings in an org buffer without messing with its folding state.
Seems like it should be simpler, implementation-wise, than the current
org-goto default, and potentially faster and friendlier.

Of course, given the vastness of org-mode options, there's a nonzero
chance that this functionality already exists -- it's a rather
sensible workflow, IMO.  If so, do point me to it.  If not, please
consider implementing it :)

--Leo

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