Tinderbox Meetup Sunday 07 Jul. 2024: Exploring the intersection of Tinderbox, MS Word, and Obsidian

Tinderbox Meetup Sunday 07 Jul. 2024: Exploring the intersection of Tinderbox, MS Word, and Obsidian

Level Intermediate
Published Date 7/7/24
Revision 1
Type Meetup
Tags .replace(), Digital Chum Bucket, Digital Liberty, Eastgate, Explode, Hypertext, Identity Praxis, Image Management, Inclusion, Keyboard Maestro, Markdown, Michael Becker, Microsoft Word, Mobile Marketing, Obsidian, Project Xanadu, RegEx, Stukent, Ted Nelson, Templates, Text Expander, Textsoap, Tinderbox, Transclusion, Yaml, ^include()^
Video Length 01:35:20
Video URL https://youtu.be/t75hsbyURWc
Chat File TBX Meetup 07JUL24_Chat.txt (9.3 KB)
TBX Version 9.7

In this Tinderbox Meetup, the TBX community explored the intersection of Tinderbox, MS Word, and Obsidian, and a host of Tinderbox capabilities and his use of them: , Explode, RegEx, templates, image management, markdown, and more. Specifically, Michael Becker demonstrated his workflow for importing his textbook—Mobile Marketing Essentials—which is currently in MS Word documents, into Tinderbox, with Obsidian as a gateway, so that he and his co-author (Mary Beth McCabe) can optimize their editing process for the next edition of their book.

Michael demonstrated:

  • Using Obsidian to convert MS Word document formatting (headings, tables, images, urls) to markdown
  • Pulling the markdown files into Tinderbox
  • Mapping Obsidian properties to Tinderbox attributes
  • Working with images in Tinderbox
    • Image notes
    • Image paths to MacOS hard drive
    • Image templates
  • Exploding the document at delimiters to atomize the sections of the book
  • Transcluding images into the chapter text using
  • Custom template tips for exporting from Tinderbox to MS Word (via Pandoc), i.e., to map TBX to MS Word Styles
  • Using attributes to manage redundancy
  • Strategies for creating a glossary and index of terms, entities, etc.

During the demonstration, the community helped Becker address a simple RegEx problem he was having. Mark Bernstein also suggested a solution to Becker’s figure number challenge.

Ted Nelson’s definition of “transclusion”

“Transclusion” is the term I use now, a word coined since the book was originally written. Transclusion will be a fundamental service of tomorrow’s literary computers and a property of the documents they will supply. Transclusion means that part of a document may be in several places—in other documents besides the original—without actually being copied there. This book is concerned in large part with the power this new kind of writing—with transclusive quotation—will bring.

the body of this book, written before I thought of the word “transclusion”, I simply use the term “inclusion”. I have regretfully left that as is. The concept is much better carried by the word “transclusion,” so try to say it under your breath when you see the other term.


Interesting, can you expand?