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TaskPaper syntax -- indentation and link formatting for notes

Besides general note taking, I would like to use The Archive to plan upcoming projects. This would include collecting information, notes, and links as well as quickly jotting down tasks. When the tasks actually have to be done, I would like to transfer them over to my task manager (OmniFocus) and schedule/organize/complete them there.

A natural fit for transferring the tasks is to use TaskPaper syntax in The Archive and to copy/paste the text into OmniFocus. Unfortunately, task notes in TaskPaper syntax (i.e., indented text) is not formatted nicely in The Archive

  • links aren't displayed as clickable links
  • longer note text that is longer than 1 line isn't indented at the indentation level it was created at

Can I change this behavior somehow (e.g., by modifying a theme file)? Thanks!

Comments

  • Agreed, this is one of many behaviors that would be awesome for The Archive to be able to help me with.

    -apoc527
    This is Me

  • Without looking, I think the indentation behavior could be changed in the theme file, but not the linking behavior.

  • You can change indentation in themes, but not the way you want :) You probably want to have it look like this:

    - main task
        - subtask
            More info on the task in a
            very long line that wraps
            around.
        - other subtask
    

    That does work for list items themselves (although not for the lines following after) which wrap around and indent so that each line starts on the same vertical column. I consider to activate this for every line so you can visually indent properly. But you're right, that doesn't work at the moment.

    Links become clickable when you add http://, by the way. The "link finder" doesn't recognize www. on its own right now.

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • http://christiantietze.de/

  • @ctietze said:
    You can change indentation in themes, but not the way you want :) You probably want to have it look like this:

    - main task
        - subtask
            More info on the task in a
            very long line that wraps
            around.
        - other subtask
    

    Yes, that's what I had in mind!

    That does work for list items themselves (although not for the lines following after) which wrap around and indent so that each line starts on the same vertical column. I consider to activate this for every line so you can visually indent properly. But you're right, that doesn't work at the moment.

    OK, it would be awesome if you would implement this.

    Links become clickable when you add http://, by the way. The "link finder" doesn't recognize www. on its own right now.

    Hm, in my case they won't:

  • I second a request for this modification -- would be hugely useful.

    Any idea of a timeline on the next significant update, @ctietze?

    -apoc527
    This is Me

  • Ok, noted! Line breaks mess with the indentation, that's the problem @Januz

    @apoc527 There are some things in the pipeline for a couple of weeks now (see the release notes) that I want to bundle up and release as v1.1.0 next weekend. You can try the "Cutting Edge" channel if you cannot wait :)

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • http://christiantietze.de/

  • @ctietze Nevermind, you updated! I've been on the Cutting Edge channel and I was just curious because it had been a while since the last Cutting Edge update. ;-)

    -apoc527
    This is Me

  • @ctietze Thanks for update!

    Btw, as I saw that you changed something regarding the formatting of links in v 1.0.6 (which might solve the problem of indented links not being clickable on my machine), I just tried to switch to the Cutting Edge channel, but The Archive wouldn't open, but just crashes. I'm still on El Capitan, is that a problem?

  • @Januz Whoa! That shouldn't be a problem :) Please send me the crash reports (from the built-in Console.app) via email so we can see what did go wrong.

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • http://christiantietze.de/

  • @ctietze please find the log attached.

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