RE: TOC planning tools?

Subject: RE: TOC planning tools?
From: Mike McCallister <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com>
To: Uwe Ziegenhagen <ziegenhagen -at- gmail -dot- com>, Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com>, Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:00:00 +0000

Yes, most plain-text editors (like my favorite, Notepad++) should be able to Save your text as .xml. That should get you all your post-import options.

For more standard outlining, there's also Dave Winer's Fargo online outliner: http://fargo.io. Stores data in Dropbox, so it's always available, and offers collaborative options as well.

Mike McCallister

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To: Andrew Harvie; Technical Writing
Subject: Re: TOC planning tools?

I have two ideas:

* Freemind: It uses a xml-based save file, so you can manually create the single nodes

* Emacs Org-Mode: You can easily create new hierarchies, import is pretty simple since the whole file is text-only. It has great export options as well

Uwe

2015-02-13 15:46 GMT+01:00 Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com>:

> G'day all,
>
> I'm looking for a tool, and hoping that one of you will be able
> to recommend one.
>
> My goal is to explore ideas for a reorganization of my table of contents.
> The current hierarchy is functional, but I suspect that it could be better.
>
>
> The work flow that I envision for doing this is to:
> 1) Export the current TOC to a text file.
> 2) Import that into this magic tool that I'm searching for.
> 3) Drag and drop the topics to form new hierarchies.
> 4) Collapse and expand groups to facilitate viewing.
> 5) Flag nodes using colors or symbols.
>
> Mind mapping software is the closest tool that I can think of, but I
> haven't been able to find one that can import a text file to create
> the initial set of nodes. A price of cheap to free would be ideal,
> since this is likely to be a one-time use.
>
> One other relevant detail for this question is that the number of
> topics is "large".
>
> Any suggestions?
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