What the head of a Zettel should look like
I searched a bit in the forum and found bits and bobs about what elements to have at the very beginning of a zettel – this is what I would lean towards at the moment:
# Note title [[Zettel-ID]] Tags: #tag1 #tag2
The Zettel-ID in brackets is useful for quickly looking for backlinks to the note currently opened: notes that link to this note will appear in the search that results from clicking on it.
I like to have the tags at the beginning of a note as well, because it makes it easier to add tags (you don't have to scroll to the end of the note first). Having
Tags: at the beginning of the tag-line, makes it possibly to add a tag to a batch of notes relatively easily with Apple's Terminal – you just enter the following command after going to your Zettelkasten-folder (given your notes are stored as Markdown-files):
perl -pi -w -e 's/Tags:/Tags: #newtag/g;' *.md
While I'd like to have an easier way to batch-edit tags in the long-run in The Archive, this is the best way I've found so far – and it relies on having a prefix like "Tags: " in the tag-line of the note.
Before I change all my zettels that don't follow this scheme yet and automate the creation of notes with this header, I would appreciate your opinions on it:
Is there anything else that you think is important to have at the very beginning of a zettel? Would you reorder the items I have in any way (e.g. have the Zettel-ID as the very first thing, before the note-title)? Is my "Tags: " prefix really necessary, or is there an easier way to add a tag to several notes at the same time?
Thank you for your thoughts!
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