For my workflows (gathering and shaping thoughts in outlines, generating structured output with queries and perspectives on dates and other tags) I can see that Birch is going to work well.
- I will gain stable links to particular lines (from other texts, and reports)
- I’ll be able to use the outline-aware querying and reporting of xpath and xquery (built into OS X)
- outlining will be simpler, more solid, and finally disentangled from formatting
- and my work will be in a standard text markup which any browser can display directly, and which can quickly round-trip in and out of other text markups, like Markdown, OPML, Textile etc
I’ll also gain a number of built-in things from Atom, which has a lot of people working on it, and is clearly on a good course.
What will it take to make that transition ?
I thought I’d record the issues as I bump into them, share any scripts or solutions I find or make, and exchange notes with others who are doing the same.
I’ll gather a short check-list of the current issues/solutions for me now, and post it in this thread.