Outliner with drag/drop reordering
@mikael Agree, not easy to choose. I'll actually go on with TextView until I meet to much problems.
Sure TableView could be easier for some functionalities.
You disturb me because I had hesitated two days before I took my decision 😢
Shift tab is often used to do the back tab (demote) function.
@ihf You see that I don't forget you...I'll send some screen copies to prove it 😂
@ihf but I don't dare to send you this current version because a lot of open bugs.
But, if you want to have it, it is ok, but it is very far to be clean and to offer full functionalities
@ihf last for today, I stop until tomorrow
@cvp I am very impressed by what you have working already!
I presume that an external keyboard is required at this point since there is no tab otherwise. I am able to create an outline (of course, without shift-tab I can’t go up a level) and moving items is not there but it’s a great start. Obviously , there is a need to be able to save and read the outline.
Ordinarily, I would expect that tab (or shft-tab) would promote (or demote) a line regardless of when it is hit. In other words if I am on a line and I do tab it would indent and change levels (likewise but reversed for shift -tab). If tab is needed in the text for some reason then promote/demote buttons could be used instead of tab but I have never needed tabs in my text.
@ihf I said you that this initial version was far from perfect. Of course we will need file new/save/load functions but they are not yet needed for testing thé édition part. Please, don't rush me
I didn't know that you used an iPhone.
Thus, we need to add buttons for tab and shift/tab. What do you prefer:
- in the title bar of the script
- in a supplementary row above the keyboard?
Please let me know and you will need to be patient: you will not get all functionalities briefly
@ihf example of what it could be on iPhone SE (small)
Icons would be at your own choice among iOS SFSymbols
@ihf If I can use shift-tab anywhere in a line, it is sure I can't use left-delete as key.
Thus I need to have a "new" key (like in my example just above).
So I also can use another key than tab for indentation, thus ok also in my example above.
So normal tab and normal left-delete will keep their original signification.
Ok with that and this additional row of specialized keys?
@cvp Firstly, please don't take any of my messages as indicating impatience. I am very grateful that you are taking on this project and am in no particular hurry at all. In so far as iPhone or iPad, I use both. As to special keys, I leave it to you for the best way to do it but I have no problem with dedicated keys given the absence of the tab key (when not using an external keyboard).
@ihf ok, sorry, I was afraid you could be hurry.
I'll go on with these dedicated keys, so you can have it on iPhone where there is no tab key.
After your future tests , we would decide how you prefer to use the script.
But I'm not yet far enough for a second version. I've been very busy this week-end, first sunny days since 3 weeks.
@ihf you will not have news before some days because we have our fist sunny days since a long time and I take some holidays.
@ihf I don't forget you. I'll send something testable, not perfect, end of next week, sorry for the delay.
@ihf Hello, I'm sorry but currently i can't concentrate well. Thus my script does not evolve a lot.
You will find in GitHub the last version but a lot of functionalities are still missing or buggy
You can already test the two additional keys but only at end of file because renumbering does not work correctly.
You can also test the Files sub-options new, open, save. This part of the script uses modules that you will also find in GitHub: File_Picker.py and Folder_Picker.py.
Thus here is outline.py.
The script uses any editable file (aaaa.bbb or aaaa) but creates a aaaa.content partner file with needed infos.
don't be angry if there are too many bugs, I try to find the motivation to go on...
@cvp if this is what you can do when you can’t concentrate well I can only imagine what happens if you have a cup of coffee (LOL). Do you want me to tell you about each bug I fall across or should I wait until you have a chance to do more testing of your own? One small thing, I noticed that when you start a new file you must hit tab before the outline begins. Unless you can see a reason for that, you might as well start the outline in the selected format immediately. Also would be nice if it continued with the last used file just to simplify continuing to edit an outline. I realize that move and copy, much less drag and drop, are still in the future, but what you have already done is very impressive.
Do you want me to tell you about each bug
Not yet please, I know there are a lot of bugs actually...