At some point I started to use a couple of dataview fields in the yaml frontmatter of my templates, i.e. most of my notes. I don’t remember what led me to use dataview fields (with double colons) instead of standard yaml but that’s what I did. I now realize that this was not only unnecessary (or is there any good reason for using double colons in frontmatter?) but a mistake in view of the new properties feature because Properties doesn’t seem to play well with double colons.
I’m still trying to figure out how exactly it handles them under various circumstances (for instance, I have seen
views:: 10 changed to
"views:": 10 but can’t seem to reproduce it), but it seems clear to me that it’s better not to have them in the frontmatter, so I removed them from all my templates.
So, now (if the above is correct), the question is how do I consolidate the frontmatter in my existing notes? What is the best way to remove those double colons?
So far, I have only change some notes manually as I am shying away from making bulk changes before I know it’s the right thing to do and how to do it in a secure way.