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Re: records-mode ?

From: Tim X
Subject: Re: records-mode ?
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 18:37:41 +1100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Xavier Maillard <address@hidden> writes:

> Does it have something like an index of notes to quickly know
> where to retrieve a note/information ? This is a major
> requirement for me. In records-mode, pressing C-c C-j, I have an
> index buffer which shows a list of keywords and the respective
> notes entries (There is something close to this in notes-mode).
> The big no-no about records-mode and notes-mode currently is that
> they seem "dead" and unmaintained.
> As Bastien said, maybe I am misusing Org. Maybe Org is really
> what I want but concentrating only on the note taking aspect and
> not using planning/todo handling.
> As far as I remember, org-mode and remember has turned out very
> good combination by the past _but_, I always feel lost when it
> comes to « searching » informations -ie. I do not like the search
> process.

Sounds to me like you could get very close to what you want by using org
modes tags facility. It has fairly sophisticated tag based searching and
displaying etc. 

> What I need, if I go back to Org, is a setup like this:
> #1. One note page per day classified ala notes-mode (and I also
>     want to have the possibility to have notes not related to dates
>     -ie. independant notes (by, say, subject)
> #2. An index of all my note entries (with quick search on
>     keywords, tags, etc.)
> #3. I want to be able to narrow on a note entry (this is easy in
>     every mode I have tried)
> #4. navigation facilities to previous/next day (as is done by
>     records-mode and notes-mode). This is an important point for
>     my job position.
> Free form notes taking is, off course, a _must have_ for me.

It sounds to me like planner mode would be close to what you want. What
you outline is very close to how I work with planner mode. 

I have the planner day pages and it has support for moving around -
previous day, next day etc. 

I have various project pages with notes and tasks for each project. When
I schedule a task, it appears in the day page once the date it has been
scheduled for comes around. this gives me the best of both worlds. I
have day pages that I can use to check what I did or will have to do on
a specific day, but I also have project pages that I can check to get an
overview of the tasks and notes relating to a specific project. I also
use the time clocking facilities so that in my day pages, I get an
overview of where I spent time for that day and in the project pages, I
get an overview of how I've spent time on that project. 

I use remember to make notes. A copy of the note is put on the day page
and one in the project page for the project I specify 

I've not used the search capabilities of planner mode much, so can't
comment on it. However, the combination of planner mode with a few of
the advanced config options is a very powerful system. I also use org
mode, but I mainly use it for organising my thoughts on a specific topic
- often mainly as an outliner as I prefer the planning and scheduling
approach of planner mode. 


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