Future proofing my Zettelkasten – file names and linking
I've over the summer loaded my Zettelkasten (built and maintained with The Archive) into some of the new kids on the block (Obsidian and nvUltra). This has made it obvious that plain text files is not in themselves enough to build a future proof Zettelkasten in terms of functionality. The content of my files are obviously available to browse in other software that can load my Zettelkasten folder. But links are often broken.
I partly is to blame for this myself. My file names are in the format YYMMDDHHMMSS - The title of the file.md but in my zettels, I only use [[YYMMDDHHMMSS]]. This is for two reasons:
- Just using the UID for my links makes it possible to change the title and filename of a zettel without breaking existing links.
- Just using the UID adds readability when doing inline linking within paragrahs.
Before I opened my Zettelkasten in Obsidian and nvUltra, I thought I had a foundation that was rock steady. Now I know better.
Both Obsidian and nvUltra supports wikilinks, that is [[decisions]] but not the kind of links I've created so far.
I guess I'm not the first on this forum who has started to think along those terms. How do you work with links to make not only content but also connections between notes as long term as possible? What about filenames? Would it be better to just go with the UID? The downside of that is that autocompletion in software supporting that wont work.
At least Obsidian seems to have implemented standard Markdown links in a recent release ([this is the text I want linked](YYMMDDHHMMSS - And this is the file being linked).md). Is that a feature on the roadmap for The Archive?
Descisions, decisions, decisions.
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