Does Emacs Org Mode have a concept of "durations"? Specifically I want to define durations in years, months, weeks, and/or days, and then sort a column of such data.


  • Emacs has such a concept, but how to use?
  • There exist string standards for such durations, where? And which is the easiest to type in as a human?
  • Make up a string definition for durations. E.g. 1-5-3-2 (1 year, 5 months, 3 weeks, 2 days). And if there is no year you'd just do: 0-5-3-2 so it's sortable, etc.
  • Only one question per post, please. Maybe your question is something like How can I define durations for Org mode (or Org table?)?
    – Drew
    Jun 4 at 21:05
  • Not sure what exactly you want to achieve, perhaps you could clarify your question. Maybe you want to set Effort Estimates?
    – GNUmon
    Jun 7 at 11:34


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