Love your write-up.
I understand this approach, $HTMLDontExport & $HTMLEXportChildren, but in my context with thousands of notes, this will become nearly impossible to manage. It will be too easy to miss something important.
The alternative of using individual export selected note will work, but it is not very efficient, especially for an operation I need to do multiple times a day, or at least multiple times in any given week. I run a variety of agents that modify my output so that I can send the content to different departments, sending them only what they need.
Yes, for me at least, the selected “export container,” in my case an agent, would be really useful. In laymen’s terms, we could add a new export menu Export selected notes as children." This would give assurance that I’m getting exactly what I want, when I want it, with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
I could see the need of constraining this feature to only agent export, that way you’d not have to deal with the case of exporting descendants as individual notes. Or, if you do let this work on containers other than agents I would suggest this feature gets constrained to only children export, the descendants are more than likely part of the child’s makeup, and if not you could simply go down a layer and export the child containers. These seem like reasonable tradeoffs.