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#19 Fast links between mind map nodes using human readable name


Feature enables links, which point to single nodes of
mind map, rather than to the whole mind map. Concrete
design of such feature may vary. Here we give one

1) There would be a new function "Set anchor" in the
node menu. Each mind map would keep a map of
<anchor, pointer-to-node> in its memory, making sure
that user does not allocate one anchor name two times
and making it easy to follow to the node. There would be
a new attribute "anchor" or of similar name in node in

To point to node with attribute "anchor", user would edit
link as "#anchorname", analogically to HTML. As a
result, links crossing mind maps would be possible, just
like "".

If someone finds manual allocation of anchor name too
cumbersome, there may be some kind automatic
allocation mechanism, but I do not see now how that
should work. What I have described above is pretty
straight forward.

2) One can imagine some kind of graphical interface,
which makes the work of linking nodes easier. E.g., you
would copy some node and there would be special
paste, which inserts link to that node upon pasting.

3) Links to mind maps and to mind map nodes should
have different icon


  • joerg feuerhake

    joerg feuerhake - 2003-05-25

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    seems to be a good feature, hm, one would need to store the
    whole path_to_node in the anchor attribute.

    avoiding namedoubling seems easy

  • Daniel Polansky

    Daniel Polansky - 2003-05-25

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    It is not necessary to store complete path to the node, it is
    also not wanted as the node may move around the map. In
    the solution above I assume unique name accross the map,
    just like in HTML.

    One of the users of FreeMind suggested using GUID. My
    difficulty with GUID is that it is not textual and does not allow
    links like "", but
    rather "".

  • joerg feuerhake

    joerg feuerhake - 2003-07-08

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    hallo daniel,
    long time ago since i posted here...

    true, GUID is badly readable, one would need to (not only
    offer) a GUI to realize the link setting, here one d have to
    make sure that the whole thing is to be accessed without
    mouse, tabindexes etc,

    anyway, touchgraph uses GUID to make their nodes unique, and
    it workes fine even if one has to patch it for certain
    needs... and(!) in touchgraph you can see how mousefree
    accessability is not acheived, har har, bad example

    GUID is an ugly but very useful approach, i'd try it :-)

  • Nobody/Anonymous

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    Please, do create such a feature!!
    Graphical linking inside the map can now be done so
    beautifully, though a simple 'button' like link, or a text
    link would most of the times suffice as well..

    Anymore, i'm thinking of using FreeMind as my documentation
    system. But it has to support direct linking to a node
    directly, from outside the map. (like, to the javaviewer,
    give a location of the .mm file and add add the anchor.
    Just like Daniel proposes).

    Remco Boerma

  • Daniel Polansky

    Daniel Polansky - 2004-02-16

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    From the response of Remco Boerma follows that we cannot
    consider this topic completely covered. I leave the RFE
    opened. However, we could probably create another RFE for

    The main missing requirement is the ability to refer to a given
    node by a human readable name from outside the map,
    together with a very fast following of an intra-map link to a
    node. This issue is releated to the requirement ocurring in
    Open Discussion that demands direct inclusion of a node in
    more places of a map.

  • Daniel Polansky

    Daniel Polansky - 2004-02-16
    • summary: Links between mind map nodes --> Links between mind map nodes using human readable name
  • Daniel Polansky

    Daniel Polansky - 2004-02-16
    • summary: Links between mind map nodes using human readable name --> Fast links between mind map nodes using human readable name

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