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This is a minor irritant. I have taken to replace spaces with dots within tags. Yes, this is less logical (or aesthetically pleasing) than allowing spaces within tags, and having commas as separators, like in tags of Firefox bookmarks.

If a change is made, however, it would be useful to have a converting routine. I have tons of dotted tags, and I don't see myself renaming them one by one to replace dots with spaces, if sometime this becomes possible.

Also, the separator (or a least some of the available ones, if several) should be accessible with a single keyboard input, whatever the language.

Oh ! yes, very much so. I use Phrase Express instead, because the CN format is not to my liking. And please be generous in the selection of formats.

Phrase Express, a text expander and macro generator, does not have my preferred format, which is [1 oct 17]. So, when I need the date of the day in CN, I type "date" + Space + Enter, which inserts "1 oct. 17", then applies a macro to it to delete the dot. Ridiculous, but works.

I can see the point, but how would that work in practice ?

Downloading a part of the web and stuffing it somehow in the background, within the database, would be explosive in terms of size and processing power.

And where do you stop ? What if there are a hundred links or more, in a page ? Most of the links you wouldn't want, anyway. On a media web site, you'd be fighting to repel most of the links the page is trying to throw at you.

Also, how useful is it to import, wholesale, tons of text you haven't had the opportunity to edit ? Most pages need a minimum of pruning in order for the note to be readable, and many of them would be downright unusable without this step.

Wayback Machine is the answer to this problem.

I think it's more important that search within notes be more powerful, more intuitive and better explained. I'm hitting a ceiling there.

No problem. How do I do that ?

Hi Alex,

I've tried with any number of tags : one or six, the same thing happens. Ctrl + Backspace selects all the notes in the main window, and makes a search. After a while, it selects a specific tag in the left panel, which does not belong to the note I had selected in the first place.

I created a new notebook and the same thing happens, except that in some cases, it also opens one of the notes.

Thank you for the suggestion, and sorry for replying late. This does not seem to work.

I tried this, once with the last tagged note : the wait was very long after Ctrl+BkSp (3 000 notes in the database, many tags, is there a way to count them ?), plus it selected the wrong tags. The first selected tag actually belonged to the note, but the second did not and the other tags were not selected. From that point, clipping did tag the new note with the (wrongly) selected tags, therefore the result was useless.

I tried once more with an older note : the selected tags were the same than in the first instance, therefore even less relevant.

How is Ctrl+BkSp supposed to work ? Is it documented ?

Interesting, but actually not suited to my work. What this produces is an empty note with the required tags, a wrong title and a wrong URL.

Then you need to copy/paste the web page's contents, then change the title, then change the URL.

You don't take advantage of the automatic title feature of CN, which I have completed with some macros from other programs. You don't take advantage of the automatic saving of the URL that CN provides.

It breaks the clipping habit (this particular page does not get filed with Ctrl + F12), plus it breaks the natural tendency to decide about tags after having clipped the page, not before.

Also, it's quite unnatural to create a note only to erase most of it immediately.

I would like to propose a variant of this. The real issue, I think, is duplicating a set of tags.

What I find myself constantly doing, during the course of research on a given subject, is I clip a webpage, then I proceed to edit it, notably by giving it a set of tags. Then I clip another page, and many times the very same set of tags would be relevant. So I need to :

  • Open the previous note.
  • Position the cursor in the tag field.
  • Select All.
  • Copy the previous set of tags.
  • Right-click on the freshly clipped note, Tag.
  • Paste the previously copied set of tags.

It's perfectly doable, but it strikes me that there is not a Copy Tags and Paste Tags set of commands in the right-click menu, similar to the Copy Note Link / Paste operation, which would ease the workflow.

Of course, this would make for longer menus, so maybe a slight downgrade in simplicity -- always a trade-off.

What would that do ? Click a button, clip a Web page in an archive format ? I'm all for it, so I'll give a positive vote, but I will qualify it thus :

> That would be terrific, what I've been looking for all along, etc. The only reason I'm not using Evernote (or One Note) is cost and lack of privacy (plus Evernote is not that intuitive, foolproof or reliable, according to reports I've seen).

> However, the present mode of clipping, with rich text and hyperlinks, needs to stay.

> I suppose this would be a big project (if at all possible), so it should not alter the inherent simplicity and speed of CN.

Apart from that, yes, it would be a huge advancement. There's currently no satisfying way to archive a Web page :

> Bookmarks can go dead over time, and browsers' bookmark managers are rotten anyway.

> There used to be good archival formats around, but this is disappearing with the near-extinction of Internet Explorer, and introduction of Web Extensions in Firefox.

> You can always use, and even force archival there of any Web page you want to keep, but retrieval is not particularly user-friendly, and you always need to rely on a third party.