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ZipLinks where target has () in $Name - creation of a spurious new linked note

Apologies if this is a known feature/issue.

Create a note called A
Create a second note called B and ©
Type [[B and in the $text area of A and then select B and © from the choices
A new (unwanted) note call B and will automatically get created and linked to A.

I guess the moral of the tale is to avoid having () in $name?


Discourse interpreted what you typed as the copyright symbol © – did you mean it to be (c) or (c or c)?

I can confirm that links to (c) do not work. For example if there is a note named (c) then


does not create a link to (c).

Yes, this is a known issue. If you want to use automation with Tinderbox avoid using the following in note titles ($Name, and by inference in $Path):

  • straight quotes, single ' or double ". These are query/action code string delimiters. Suggest using ‘’ and “” ‘curly’ typographic quotes instead.
  • semi-colons ;. These are query/action code list value delimiters. Suggest using colon : instead.
  • parentheses ( and ). Not sure why, but still problematic. Use [ ] or { } instead.
  • forward slash /. These are query/action code container delimiter in paths. consider using word ‘or’ instead.
  • backwards slash \. These are query/action code escape character. No simple alternative - avoid.

This list is not exhaustive but there is as yet no formal documentation of this.

All the above work fine in simple use in titles, but cause unseen/silent failures in queries, linking, etc.

Opps - didn’t spot that.

Make the title second note $name “B and (something in parentheses)”.

A picture is worth a thousand words


If you really need $Name to render on screen with the ‘bad’ characters above:

  1. Copy the correct string in a user String-type attribute and use a display expression to set that as $DisplayName.
  2. Now ‘clean’ the actual name by removing or substituting the ‘bad’ characters.

Yes, a bit of a faff to do, but it does resolve the issue. I hit it a lot with scientific research paper titles with use these problematic characters a lot. A bummer if you want to have a note with the title of the paper that note is about!