Syntax highlighting for notes, with simple TODO lists. Also allows you to cross-link (cmd-click) between notes.
The example above comes from opening
examples/basic.notes in VS Code, with the
notes extension enabled and the
Dark+ default theme selected.
Snippets & Commands
newday snippet includes the current date and a set of organizing section headings:
To add a new "TODO" item checkbox, use the
[ ] Pick up daughter after school
[√] Install VS Code `notes` extension
When the cursor is on a line with a TODO checkbox, subsequent
cmd+L directives will cycle through
[√] (done) and
[x] (won't do).
If you mention another
*.notes file, it will be underlined and become a hyperlink:
work.notes. To follow the link, use the vscode
cmd+click standard feature. References to notes can be absolute or relative; if relative, they are relative to the current document.
If the notes file you'd like to link to contains spaces, you can use "double quotes" to indicate the spaces should be included in the hyperlink. You can also use tilde (
~) to mean your home directory, e.g.
If you use shortened patterns in your notes files to refer to web pages (for example, an issue tracker has short IDs) then you can use a regular expression to teach your
notes file what to do with it when clicked:
For example, to create links to tickets on Atlassian with prefix "ABC-", you could do something like this:
[/ABC-\d+/ -> https://abc-project.atlassian.net/browse/$0]
Now, the following pattern will be recognized as a clickable link in your note file:
... and clicking it will send you to
You may want to configure some of the text colors, for instance in your vscode settings file (
Cmd+, on Mac OS X), you can add scopes like so:
All of the scopes you can configure are as follows:
Other scopes are language-specific. See
syntaxes/custom-colors.json if you would like to override your theme and use the colors you see in the example image.
Syntax highlighting based on Sublime Text Notes by tbh1.