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Re: Managing the notebook list


Hey all, it appears that this is really going forward. Nevertheless, here
goes my point of view, which apparently totally differs from most:

Personally i don't think that much magic is necessary. The current list is
simple and straightforward. Adding those kind of features sure can save some
seconds (though they are meant to be use seldom) but also introduce some
confusion in less experienced users.
Default locations have been confusing people for a very long time. Many
complain that they don't know where their files are and often go rather
funny ways to get to a file that is one or two clicks away.
As it is now, the user knows what's in there because it was he/she that put
it in there. Short cutting complexity often results in a more complex
situation. Just my two cents.


On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM, Jaap Karssenberg <
jaap.karssenberg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm looking at the way we manage the notebook list. Currently this is just
> a static list in an ascii file, which has it's limitations when you use many
> notebooks. If only because you need to add each notebook to the list
> manually.
> I have been thinking about this a bit and it seems to me that it would be
> good if zim searches for notebooks in certain standard locations. So there
> would be a configurable search path, by default something like "~/Notes" and
> "~/" and any notebooks found (identified by the presence of a "notebook.zim"
> file) would be shown in the list. The search would only be one level deep,
> so no recursive searches.
> This makes the situation much easier for users that put all their notebooks
> in a standard location (or in a few standard locations). I fully expect
> someone to propose to make "~/.zim" the default, but I do not want to do
> that. However this mechanism would make it perfectly possible to configure
> that.
> In addition there could be a "bookmark" list of notebooks in other
> locations for those users that have notebooks all over the place.
> In addition we could clean up the notebook dialog a bit by making it open
> notebooks on single click and have a seperate "manager" dialog to modify the
> list. The "New notebook" dialog would assume the first directory in the path
> ("~/Notes" by default) unless you specify something else explicitly.
> Any thoughts on this ?
> Regards,
> Jaap
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