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Re: Emulating Scrivener's binder feature

From: Paul W. Rankin
Subject: Re: Emulating Scrivener's binder feature
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2019 19:34:14 +1000
User-agent: mu4e 1.0; emacs 26.1

On Tue, Apr 02 2019, Drew Adams wrote:

Before I go to far,

Please _do_ go far into this.  Such effort is never wasted, IMO.

Question 1: Has someone already made something like this?
I don't want to reinvent the wheel...

There is not only one wheel.  Wheels often need reinventing.

Thanks Drew, I appreciate the encouragement :)

FYI, here is something similar, but it does not correspond
to everything you describe:

1. You can create a Dired buffer that has any combination
   of files and directories that you like.  This feature
   is not very well known, but it's always been there.

   If you use library Dired+ then it's a bit easier to
   create such buffers interactively (and you can
   interactively create Dired buffers as unions etc. of
   other Dired buffers, and add arbitrary files and dirs
   to an existing Dired buffer).

   However, it is not possible (until someone implements
   it!) to sort such a Dired buffer with ad hoc entries.

I am a big fan of the `i' key in Dired. I will check out Dired+.

2. If you use library Bookmark+ then you can bookmark Dired
   buffers, including those just described (i.e., with ad
   hoc entries from anywhere).  Jumping to such a bookmark
   restores the Dired buffer, including all of its markings
   omitted files, `ls' switches, inserted subdirs, etc.

   This gives you a persistent way to record and restore
   the files and dirs of a project, for example.  You can
   also create different bookmark display lists or different
   bookmark files, so you can list only the bookmarks for
   a given project or have different views of a project or
   parts of a project.  You can also bookmark Emacs desktops,
   and quickly switch among them, to flip between different
   projects or different views of a project.

   You can also bookmark a Dired tree.  This gives you a
   set of Dired bookmarks that represent a hierarchy and
   are opened together.

   Bookmark+ also lets you tag bookmarks (and so bookmarked
   files and directories) with arbitrary strings or even
   Lisp key-value pairs.  This gives you another way to
   access/view/define sets of bookmarks (thus files & dirs).

Excellent! I think Bookmarks+ will offer a lot of clues on a good implementation, as essentially it will be a case of "bookmarking" all the files in the project directory in a specific order and tagging/annotating them. The other half of things is navigating around the project hierachy from the project files themselves (e.g. next/previous). Thanks :)


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