I’ve begun experimenting with using footnotes as a means to attach attributes to particular pieces of text in a longer note. My (experimental) workflow is this: highlight a word or a phrase; make a footnote linked to it; stamp that footnote so it contains Tags and some other attributes I need; fill in info about those attributes; go back to the “source” note.
What I hope to do here is to have a longish “natural” note – say, the transcript of several sessions at a conference – associated with a second layer, which contains information about pieces of that note. I can then use an agent or the attribute browser to find all footnotes containing a particular value for an attribute, and then use links from those footnotes to find the relevant text in the main note.
I don’t want to split my original note into many pieces, because this results in an exhausting and confusing array of small notes. I also don’t want to be stuck with my first decisions about how to classify information in the raw original note. I like having a simple chronological document at the root of my later work on the material.
So, my questions to the forum are
- Does this make sense? Is there an easier way to do what I am trying to do that I have missed?
- How come, when I create a footnote in Outline view, Tinderbox doesn’t take me to it? In order to work with my new footnote, I have to find the footnote in the outline and click on it. I’d rather be taken to its text window automatically. Is there a way to make that the default?
- How come, when I use Navigate to return to the main note from the footnote, I am not brought back to where I was? Instead, I end up at the beginning of the main note. Again, I’d like to change this behavior. Is there a way?
Thanks for any thoughts or comments!