Cannot add linked anchors to notes

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Michael Sheaver | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 19 2019 6:16 PM

Greetings in Christ!

I discovered what appears to be either a bug olr an as-yet implemented feature in the new notes module. When I try to add an anchor to an image in one of my media collections, it will not work.

I created this short video to show the behavior I am experiencing:

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 19 2019 7:30 PM

When adding an anchor to an existing note, the type of anchor is currently limited to what appears in its drop-down box.

If that type of anchor isn't supported, the add operation is silently ignored.

(I believe we specifically have to choose an item from the drop-down to actually complete the operation. This isn't intuitive in the present UI.)

I really hope that Faithlife will address this to support every type of anchor, including links and headwords.

By the way, adding an anchor to a new note is less restrictive than what we can presently use as secondary anchors. One workaround is to reverse the process by adding a note for the more restrictive item, then add additional anchors to other supported items (such as bible references).

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Michael Sheaver | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 19 2019 8:25 PM

PetahChristian:
When adding an anchor to an existing note, the type of anchor is currently limited to what appears in its drop-down box.

Honestly, I am not sure what you mean by drop-down. There is no drop-down menu for me when I try to add an anchor to a note; just two radio buttons: Selected text and Reference.

PetahChristian:
By the way, adding an anchor to a new note is less restrictive than what we can presently use as secondary anchors. One workaround is to reverse the process by adding a note for the more restrictive item, then add additional anchors to other supported items (such as bible references).

I tried this, and when I open the image reference, there is no option to create a note.

PetahChristian:
If that type of anchor isn't supported, the add operation is silently ignored.

My guess is that you hit the nail on the head! Cool

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 19 2019 8:44 PM

Michael Sheaver:
Honestly, I am not sure what you mean by drop-down. There is no drop-down menu for me when I try to add an anchor to a note; just two radio buttons: Selected text and Reference.

The Reference box is a drop-down list, but it only shows if what you type matches possible anchors you can choose from:

That's what I meant by the UI not being intuitive. When you type (or paste) in a URL, there are no matching items to choose from, no drop-down list is shown, and clicking on Add does nothing.

I think this is a case of both missing functionality, and the UI behaving in an unexpected way. The Add button should probably be inactive, if what we enter isn't a currently supported type of anchor.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 20 2019 12:11 AM

PetahChristian:
every type of anchor, including links and headwords.

I'm a bit confused here. When would you use a link as an anchor rather than as a link in the content?

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 20 2019 7:35 AM

MJ. Smith:

I'm a bit confused here. When would you use a link as an anchor rather than as a link in the content?

I think it just comes down to personal convention as to how a person might use the notes tool. My L7 approach used a lot more attachments, with limited content. (E.g., lots of highlighting, little note taking.)

I haven’t switched to an L8 approach of treating each anchor as a new note (and applying tagging to organize groups of attachments).

I suspect there are more undiscovered advantages and disadvantages to either approach, but I’d like to see how the note tool is improved and eventually take more advantage of facets (which are based on primary but apparently not secondary anchors). I suppose I prefer faceted filtering for anchors rather than textual searching for content.

Having said all that, I personally only tried links as references when it wasn’t initially obvious what was accepted by the reference box, and why anchors weren’t being added for certain types such as headwords.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 20 2019 2:43 PM

PetahChristian:
I haven’t switched to an L8 approach of treating each anchor as a new note (and applying tagging to organize groups of attachments).

I hadn't interpreted the L8 approach in this manner and I think of attachments as links within the notes ... thanks for explaining. What you're saying makes sense to me now.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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