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Re: [vile] Is there any sort of outliner that works well with vile

From: George Eccles
Subject: Re: [vile] Is there any sort of outliner that works well with vile
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:16:51 -0400

On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM, Chris Green <address@hidden> wrote:
On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:12:03PM +1000, Brendan O'Dea wrote:
> On 12 July 2016 at 16:58, Chris Green <address@hidden> wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 08:54:00PM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> >> none that comes to mind (sounds like folding)
> >>
> > Ah, yes, folding is another way to describe what I want.  That might
> > help me find something, thanks.
> Editors which implement folding tend to do so by toggling an
> "invisible" attribute on the folded regions--so the text is still
> there, it is just not displayed when folding is in effect.
> vile has support for attributed text, but AFAIK that does not extend
> to invisible regions.
> What should be able to do however is create a separate buffer which
> contains the table of contents of your main document and provides
> hyperlinks for each entry back into the main document.
Thanks for the ideas.  I really want a single file because it's an
encrypted file and the whole superstructure of decrypting and
encrypting can't really manage multiple files/buffers.

At the risk of exposing my ignorance, I do something that may do what
you want.  I define a 'tag' format, where the tag would be listed in a ToC, and
made a procedure to search for the tag under the cursor.  When called, the
search would 'jumps' to the corresponding tag.  For instance,

       tag_1   description
       tag_2   description


Tag_1:  { ... whatever content  }

Tag_2: {  ... other content  }

As I use a this scheme, the 'tag format' is to either start the tag name
at the left margin; or, for the tag_name to be the first non-space text on the
line, if followed by a colon.  The procedure also places a mark at the jump
origin, to permit return to the 'jump' point.

Regrets, if I'm missing the point.  (Happens a lot.) If no, and  if it would be
helpful, I can provide more details.

George Eccles

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