Hierarchy of Content

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A Tinderbox document has two basic kinds of structure: one is the structure formed by links between notes. The other is the hierarchical structure of the document. A Tinderbox note can contain other notes, which can contain other notes, and so on. The notes can thought of this as chapters containing sections containing divisions; or topics containing subtopics; or in any way that fits the user's workflow.

Several terms are used to describe relationships within a hierarchy:

  • parent: the item one level up.
  • siblings: items that have the same parent.
  • child: an item one level down. In Tinderbox, when a note contains other notes, those notes are its children.
  • descendant: a child, or a child of a child, and so on.
  • ancestor: a parent, or a parent of a parent, and so on.
  • grandparent: specifically the parent of a note's parent.
  • root: the item that has no parent. In a Tinderbox document, the document as a whole is the root: it contains the top-level notes, and nothing contains it.
  • cover: the top level note. If more than one root-level note, the cover it the oldest sibling.

There are several group terms to describe Tinderbox notes:

  • all: all notes in the current TBX file.
  • ancestor: all ancestors.
  • child: all children.
  • descendant: all descendants - i.e. all children and their children.
  • sibling: all siblings.
Hierarchy of Content


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