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< Thanks for all the info everyone. It looks like this is going to be a bit of a reWikiModes project. This itch has gone on too long to remain unscratched. -- MichaelWilson
> Thanks for all the info everyone. It looks like this is going to be a bit of a research project. This itch has gone on too long to remain unscratched. -- MichaelWilson
Note: This doesn’t exist (as far as I know.)
I really wish I had something that for lack of a better term, I’ll call AnnotationMode.
The idea is that I want to be able to hang notes on to any file I’m visiting, without touching the file.
What I’m envisioning is a system that, when activated, will split the pane vertically and pull an annotation file from a repository someplace, if it exists, and create one if it doesn’t.
Once up, it would allow the creation and maintenance of notes, which it would synchronize vertically, as best it could.
Thoughts? – MichaelWilson
This idea was implemented several different times in the late 90s, culminating in a whole rebranding of Emacs that focused on making a hyperlinked “knowledge database” complete with shadowed annotations and everything (can’t remember the name off-hand). I tried them all, and they were all failures. In fact, to this day I’ve never had a good annotation system on any platform. – JohnWiegley
There were a bunch of web based annotation engines in the late 90s that had me pretty excited. uTok and a few others. None of them survived the dotcom bust unfortunately and some of them were a bit overly… “social” in that everybodies annotations were shared. But there was some clever code involved. The idea just dug itself in to my head and I haven’t been able to get it out.
Currently I’m doing a rather distressing amount of code spelunking (keeping a VAST derivitives risk analytics system limping along until the pie in the sky replacement is done, so… forever) and the ability to annotate the source, even in my own skunkworks repository would be spectacular. – MichaelWilson
Emacs bookmarks and their annotations come very close to what you describe (though that might not correspond closely to what you really have in mind ;-)).
You can bookmark any file (not just text – image, music, anything), without necessarily visiting it. And a bookmark can include an annotation (free-form plain text). A bookmark does not alter its target file.
So far, bookmark annotations are pretty rudimentary. Editing an annotation uses
‘Edit Bookmark Annotation’ mode, which is not very fancy. That could be improved. And you could of course change the mode to any you like (e.g. OrgMode).
In addition to annotations, you can tag bookmarks, in the sense of del.icio.us tags. Tags give you a good way to organize bookmarks and hence their target files or annotations.
Nice. Will do. Seems like a lot of these try to be far more clever than they need to be. – MichaelWilson
You should also check out the excellent OrgAnnotateFile. It does pretty much exactly what I was looking for: multiple annotations per file, stored in org-mode, with substring file selection. It can also easily be integrated with the standard Bookmark mode. – NickDaly?
bm.el) has a pretty poor annotation capability. It just reads an annotation from the minibuffer as a string – no editing buffer or mode. And it just shows you annotations in the echo area, using
‘message’. It can also show you annotations along with the bookmarks themselves in a summary buffer, but there is no display or editing mode for annotations.
Bookmark+ also has visible bookmarks – similar highlighting etc. (but more flexible). But Bookmark+ annotations are those of ordinary Emacs bookmarks: multi-line, displayed and edited in separate annotation buffers, etc. Bookmark+ also has del.icio.us-style tags, which are like annotations but more powerful. – DrewAdams
Thanks for all the info everyone. It looks like this is going to be a bit of a research project. This itch has gone on too long to remain unscratched. – MichaelWilson