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Re: Screenshot LinkMap dialog
Dotan Cohen wrote:
This looks interesting, Jaap, but what can it be used for? I am not
being critical, rather, I would like to know how this new tool may
benefit the user.
Having a graph of linking relations allows an alternative view of the
internal organization of a notebook. The use of this depends on your use
of links. If you hardly use any links, the hierarchic index probably
contains all the organization you do. But if you use link extensively
there is a deeper structure than the one dimensional index.
For example in a notebook with notes specific topics this link map shows
the "landscape" around a specific subject by showing all pages linking
to it. because link relations are shown for a number of steps away from
the current page you immediately notice if all pages linking here also
all link to another page etc.
Another example is the apply tags by linking pages to a special tag page
or to a category page. Now the link map shows this link and also shows
other pages linking to that tag as well as other tags where those pages
are linking. Again, any oddities in the graph will stand out visually.
Obvious future improvement would be to have a page "type" and apply
different colors / shapes in the graph based on that. E.g. make a
category page a different color from a normal page.
Another future improvement would be the ability to directly add nodes to
the link map. This would allow the map to be used in the style of a
"mind map" basically drawing a graph of related nodes and then, per node
fill in any extra information in the page for that node.
Hope this explains a bit why I'm excited about having such a view in zim :)