[tomboy-list] Looking at notebook support in Tomboy...
btimothy at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 10:09:16 PST 2007
On Dec 18, 2007 5:21 PM, Boyd Timothy <btimothy at gmail.com> wrote:
> While I wait for sontek to commit his tasks code, I started looking
> into adding notebook support into Tomboy.
> What is notebook support? Conceptually, it's just like a normal
> physical notebook; a collection of notes. In Tomboy, this could
> easily be implemented by a group of notes tagged with the same tag.
> Notebooking has always sounded like a decent idea, but it wasn't until
> today that it made more sense to me. I went across the hall and asked
> one of my colleages if I could look at how he uses tomboy (I was
> hoping to gain information about how to do tagging better). It turns
> out that he's clearly got certain types of notes. He uses tomboy to
> write up bugzilla entries before submitting them, keep track of some
> linux command-line commands, and write down notes about his
> What came out of our discussion is a combination of notebooks and note
> templates. As an example, suppose you had a meetings template note
> where you've filled out an empty meeting agenda. Now you tie that
> with your "Meetings" notebook. When you create a new note in the
> meetings notebook, the new note would contain the text you specified
> in your meetings template note. No more wasting time creating the
> same types of notes over and over!
> I'm not exactly sure how to expose it all in the UI, but I've started
> tinkering with building the needed system built on top of tags.
> Attached is my progress so far.
The attached patch now includes the following:
- New notebooks can be created in the preferences dialog
- A template note for each new notebook is created when the notebook is created
- User can optionally delete the template note when they delete the notebook
As per Sandy & my irc discussion this morning
(http://live.gnome.org/Tomboy/Notebooks), I'm going to now add in some
controls for creating new "notebook" notes and also add a control to
add existing notes into a notebook.
I'm not entirely sure how the Search All Notes window ought to expose
notebooks, so if you have an idea, please let me know quick! :)
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