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Notenik 8.6.0 - Checklists and Improved Title-as-Heading Options

Posted on 28 Feb, 2022

I’ve been gradually adding support for various common Markdown extensions, and the latest is support for checklists – also called task lists. You just put a pair of square brackets following a dash and a space, at the beginning of a line, and then either an ‘x’ or a space inside the brackets, and – voila! – when you view the formatted display, you either see empty boxes, or boxes with check marks inside of them. A small thing, but a nice addition to the Notenik feature list.

And then there’s the way Note titles appear on the Display tab. There used to be a single, binary option: either display as level 1 HTML headings, or normal paragraphs with the text in bold. But that simple choice between two extremes – huge or small – had been nagging at me for a while. So now you can choose any heading level you like (or even vary the heading size based on a note’s level within its Collection hierarchy), or bold and/or italics at your normal text display size. Much nicer.

And while I was at it, I tweaked the default CSS styling for the various heading levels – when headings are used for Note titles, but also for any normal Markdown headings you place within the body of a Note. You can view the default sizing within the Notenik Knowledge base, but the range seems a bit more refined now, at least to my eyes. (And, of course, you can still override with your own CSS, if that’s your thing.)

And then, as part of my recent work to make Notenik more tolerant of YAML metadata, I added one more missing piece: the auto-creation of missing wiki link targets is now optional, and off by default. So if you use Notenik to open an existing folder of text files formatted with YAML metadata – perhaps even one you also use with another, electron-based app…? – Notenik should now leave your Notes in a state perfectly suitable for continued access by other apps as well.

And now that the Notenik/YAML reconciliation has been pretty much completed, I’d like to give a shout-out to Evan Travers. He has a nice little web page offering up his latest thoughts on creating a Simple Markdown Zettelkasten, including a list of supported tools, and it was this list – and his initial decision to drop Notenik, after briefly considering it – that caused me to reach out to him, and pursue the changes along this path that have been coming along of late. Evan has a nice Notenik post out now, and I’m grateful to him for working with me to make Notenik potentially more useful to a larger audience.

So that’s it for the latest release! As always, if you have something on your Notenik wish list that is still not there, feel free to drop me a line and let me know how you think my little app can be further improved. I’m always happy to entertain suggestions from users.

See the Version History entry for additional details, with links to new and updated pages in the Notenik Knowledge Base.

Earlier News: Notenik 8.5.0 - Support for YAML Metadata and Local Images