Clare Hooper sent me an intriguing email:
I'm having great fun setting up the new novel in Tinderbox - I have prototypes representing characters, chapters, situations/attitudes...
What I'd like is to have 'chapter summaries' - one paragraph per chapter. Can you help?
I suggested that she put a note called "Summary" underneath each chapter. She can then put a single paragraph summary in these child notes. But there's a catch. Clare wants to be able to read the summaries in series.
This was giong to require an agent. I went to work. By naming all the summaries as "Summary," I was able to collect all the summaries with an agent. But I needed to be able to sort them and also show what chapter individual summaries belonged to.
To do this, I created an attribute called "parent" and set a Rule for the summary notes. The rule looked like this:
This set a summary'sparent attribute to the title of the chapter. I then set the agent to sort by this field. Using the Explorer View, Clare could now browse her work by chapter or by summary.
I have made this sample file available for download. ChapterSummaries.tbx
Tinderbox always provides numerous ways to accomplish the same task. This particular file has the limitation that all of the Chapter Summaries must be named "Chapter Summary." There is a simpler way to accomplish the same effect without requiring a particular name or the usage of a Tinderbox Rule. Can you figure it out?