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Group Note Designators

You sometimes need to specify a reference to a note relative to something else, like the current note. Group designators are a set of generic relative references to, or placeholders for, a group [sic] of notes whose actual identity is context sensitive. Group designators are written with lower case starting letters and inter-capitalised if multiword; e.g. sibling. Usage is case sensitive.

Unlike item designators, group designators may not be use for specifying attribute path references.

Thus, for a word count of the current note's children you use:


In older versions this would have required using an export code:


Some action operators and export codes work on groups of notes. These can use group designators in place of literal lists (or attribute-stored lists).

If a group is empty - e.g. the current note has no children, the group operator returns the equivalent value/boolean for the current note instead.

It is perfectly valid for a group designator to return a single item, if only one item meets the criteria of the designator. A container with only one child note with return list containing only item reference for its 'children'. Conversely, (single) item-scope designators must return a single item reference.