Things I have tried
I have searched over this forum and have no response. Maybe my question is dumb, sorry if so. I have also checked official obsidian help and what keys are supported.
What I’m trying to do
I wanted to start using yaml and dataview since there’s so many options. At first i was amazed that i could upgrade my notes by hiding metadata into frontmatter.
My first basic note template was like this below, now i want to evolve it into yaml.
And a first thing that i have problem with is map - what’s above current note?
How to create and manage maps of content using YAML & dataview?
According to obsidian forum there are only four keys natively supported and i don’t see links - so should i exclude my maps from frontmatter?
Sorry but I don’t understand your point.
There’re four keys natively (for example, Obsidian understand the values in
tags: as the usual “#tags”), but you can create the fields you want. You just need the follow the right rules/syntax for yaml fields and for Obsidian. For example if you want a link as
my-link: "[[my file ]]" you need to use quotes surrounding the backlink (attention: backlinks in frontmatter don’t auto-update and they’re ignored in graph).
About the moc thing, you want to build a map of contents of the current note based on what? the headers/sections? For that dataview isn’t the right tool, because headers aren’t an implicit metadata (only for tasks/lists sub-level).
Thanks for response. Let me clarify:
I have a vault with aprox 150 notes and while learning yaml i wanted to migrated my notes into yaml frontmatter as a first step.
Within my note template (in prev post) i use “map:” element to link note that’s above current note. The goal is to build maps of content and to have clean graph view.
I don’t understand how to change my approach to yaml style.
How to use links in YAML?
Can i use my own element called map inside YAML?
Does my elements would be capable to be use with dataview?
Hope that’s clear
My assumption is:
IF i am able to create a list of pages with dataview than i could automate building maps of content?
So the maps of content would be a list of links created by dataview visible on graph?
Can i do that?
I can’t express an opinion about the map of contents because it depends what moc means to you and how you want to build it.
There’s a lot of “conditions” you need to explore and clarify, because some questions only have an answer if you clarify concrete problems/goals.
- Can we use backlinks in yaml? Yes, I already said that. You just need to follow the right syntax.
- With dataview you can “target” any field in frontmatter, be it links, numbers, strings, dates, … Again, using the right syntax/format.
- About the creation of map of contents with dataview, well, as I said you need to be more concrete, you need to draw some relationship… For example, a chain of inlinks (an inlink to the current file and the inlinks for file linked to the current file… and so one)?
I never try it, but you can explore breadcrumbs plugin…
By all that you wrote and exactly point 4 i now understand how to use dataview
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