Using completion in ref links

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I came across this interesting post on using completion in links: http://draketo.de/light/english/free-software/custom-link-completion-org-mode-25-lines-emacs . I like the idea, but the type-flow for is not how I usually insert links. For the method there to work, you have to enter a link with C-c C-l, partially enter the link type, press enter, and then partially enter the description, which can be completed with tab. That is a lot of typing to me, compared to what I usually do which is type the link in directly. That habit does not work too well in large documents, and always has the possibility of a typo in the link, which then does not work or export correctly.

Here I explore how to make a

ref:label
link using a function that provides all the options available as labels. The idea is to write a function that generates a list of labels in the buffer, which you can make a link to. Let us try an interactive function with a list of arguments. We are first going to generate a list of labels from the buffer. We use this code to get a list of labels in the buffer. You will get to choose which label you want a link to, and the function will insert it for you. Here it is:

label:code-example

(defun get-labels ()
  (interactive)
  (save-excursion
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (let ((matches '()))
      (while (re-search-forward "label:\\(.*\\)" (point-max) t)
        (add-to-list 'matches (match-string-no-properties 1) t))
      matches)))

(defun org-insert-ref-link (&optional arg)
  (interactive (list (completing-read "label: " (get-labels))))
  (insert (format "ref:%s" arg)))
org-insert-ref-link

So, here you run the command with M-x org-insert-ref-link, press tab, and select the label you want to use. A link like this gets inserted in your buffer

ref:code-example
. This is pretty nice. It should reduce the number of ref link mistakes, and make it easier to find the labels in the whole buffer.

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