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Re: NonGNU ELPA proposal: annotate-mode

From: Uwe Brauer
Subject: Re: NonGNU ELPA proposal: annotate-mode
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2022 08:38:42 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/29.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> "EZ" == Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:

>> Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2022 13:29:38 +0100
>> From: cage <cage-dev@twistfold.it>
>> Hi!
>> I would like to see annotate.el
>> https://github.com/bastibe/annotate.el
>> included in NonGNU elpa

> FWIW, I wish Emacs had in core a mode that would allow adding notes
> (a.k.a. "annotations") to files, which (a) didn't use overlays that
> display in the text area, but instead displayed the notes in the
> margin and/or in tooltips; and (b) would save the notes of FILE into a
> FILE.notes file, not into a single DB under the user's home directory.
> I think it would be a very useful feature that every text-processing
> package should have built-in.

There is virtual-comment, that seems to come close to requirement b)
but it uses overlays.

The interesting part is that the package  discusses other solutions, but alas, 
I think all
use overlays

The problem with all these solutions is that they are not very stable
and soon or later the associated file .notes file gets corrupted.

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