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Christian Zwieb
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May 31st, 2014, 4:43pm
 
Hi,

Can I highlight selected text in TB6?

Chris
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Reply #1 - May 31st, 2014, 4:56pm
 
Not yet, I believe.
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Reply #2 - May 31st, 2014, 7:42pm
 
Not yet.  This seemed an unloved feature of Tinderbox 5.
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Reply #3 - May 31st, 2014, 8:15pm
 
I highlight text occasionally and find it useful then. I regret that highlighting is lost when opening a TB5 file in TB6. Is there an automated way (I have many notes) for converting highlighted text into some other text format, say into colored or underlined text or maybe a different font, maybe by search/replace of the xml-file?

I see

{\pard\plain\uc0\f0\fs32\cf0\ql\sb120\li360\ri360\tx720\tx1080\tx1440\tx1800\tx2
160\tx2520\tx2880\tx3240 jhsjdshGG JDSFHJKDSHF  {\highlight1 KJHDSFKJH} Flsfdjgldsj fdslsgj.}}

where KJHDSFKJH is highlighted in red.

If a conversion is possible, what would be correct find/replace way?

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Reply #4 - Jun 26th, 2014, 8:39am
 
I missed it at first as well, but have now settled for a different and more TBox-like approach.

The reason why I liked highlighting is that it's a very natural way of marking valuable pieces of text. Yet, in Tinderbox this would only make sense if the marking itself could be further exploited (e.g. by agents)a bit like in pdf-readers and bibliographic software like Sente where annotated passages automatically become annotations that can be accessed, listed, further annotated etc..

This immediately suggests that in Tinderbox we should rather use embedded notes, since this is where we store information that we want to exploit further.

Currently, instead of highlighting I copy text to an embedded note (possibly with a dedicated "annotation" or "highlighted" prototype. This is slower than highlighting, but I believe also more effective in the long run.

This being said, a "create new note from selection" feature would be nice (the current "explode note" feature isn't ideal for this).
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Reply #5 - Jun 27th, 2014, 1:07am
 
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Currently, instead of highlighting I copy text to an embedded note (possibly with a dedicated "annotation" or "highlighted" prototype. This is slower than highlighting, but I believe also more effective in the long run.


This approach is interesting to me. Would you mind doing a step-by-step of how you do it? Thank you.
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Reply #6 - Jun 27th, 2014, 2:53am
 
This also got discussed recently in a separate thread on the footnote feature (also currently missing from v6). An observation was that the process (creating linked sub/sibling notes) was a more generally interesting feature than its title implied. I took this to mean people passed on footnotes as they didn't understand what the feature did.
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Reply #7 - Jun 29th, 2014, 10:25am
 
On the other hand, TB6 might want to re-implement highlighting and then exploit it. This would be a familiar, more interactive, way of identifying important text snippets.

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Reply #8 - Jun 29th, 2014, 11:14am
 
Highlight -- meaning setting the background color of a text passage -- will return.

So will something like the footnote tool. But I think they're separate questions.
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