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[O] [PATCH] Problem with html export of description list items

From: Ethan Ligon
Subject: [O] [PATCH] Problem with html export of description list items
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 00:38:36 +0000 (UTC)
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Ethan Ligon <ligon <at> are.berkeley.edu> writes:
> I've just stumbled across what I regard as a bug in the html export of
> description list items.
> The problem has to do with whether the specification of a description
> list includes a trailing space or not; i.e., whether "- Item ::" is
> treated the same way as "- Item :: ".  LaTeX export treats these as
> identical.  Html export gets confused about what the description list
> item is, and winds up generating a "???" for the description.

Having done the work to describe the problem, it wasn't hard to find a
solution.  In this case that's a one character change to a regexp in

Here's the patch:

diff --git a/lisp/org-html.el b/lisp/org-html.el
index d19d88b..005a0f7 100644
--- a/lisp/org-html.el
+++ b/lisp/org-html.el
@@ -2501,7 +2501,7 @@ the alist of previous items."
        (concat "[ \t]*\\(\\S-+[ \t]*\\)"
               "\\(?:\\(\\[[ X-]\\]\\)[ \t]+\\)?"
-              "\\(?:\\(.*\\)[ \t]+::[ \t]+\\)?"
+              "\\(?:\\(.*\\)[ \t]+::[ \t]*\\)?"
               "\\(.*\\)") line)
       (let* ((checkbox (match-string 3 line))
             (desc-tag (or (match-string 4 line) "???"))

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