8. Linking (node 115)

InfoQube provides many ways to link your information: 
 
1- Parent-Child
  • Items can have any number of children (i.e. sub-items). Children are shown in the grid and in the Properties pane.
  • Items can have any number of parents. One of these is designated as the main parent. The main parent is shown in the grid when Grid>Context Parent is checked.
    • Example: Here Roxanne is the child of both Pierre Paul and Danielle. Main Parent is set to Danielle.
      • Danielle
        • Roxanne
      • Pierre Paul
        • Roxanne
  • Here's how you can create multiple parents linking :

    • CTRL  + Click drag & drop an item on top of  another item.
    • The “receiving item” (where you dropped the “dragged item”) is now a new parent.
 
                          This process can be done between grids : just drag the item towards the other grid’s tab first, wait for the grid change, drop it wherever you want.
 
                          Note 1: Multiple parents will create the impression that the dragged item has been duplicated. However, it really is the same item, but... with more than one parent!
 
                         Note 2: Parents can be removed by right-clicking on the sub-item(s) and clicking on the "remove parent link" option. This can also be done through the properties pane (right click on parents, select the right option) where you can also change the item’s main parent.
 
 

  • Item parents are shown in the Properties pane (SHIFT-F4 or just F4 to show it -- see below) :  Item Info-->parents.
    • Main parent is shown in bold.
    • Full Parent tree can be shown, using the expand buttons.
    • To change the main parent, right-click on the parent in the properties pane and select "Set main parent". Parents can also be removed using the same method (right click, remove parent link).
    • Parents are hyperlinks leading to the corresponding parent in the grid, OR (if the clicked parent isn’t displayed in the currently opened grid) leading to the corresponding parent in the (automatically opened) scratch grid.
 
ParentTree2.png
 
3- in-cell Hyperlinks:
  • Hyperlinks can be added via the Item Context menu. Right-click an Item and select the HyperLink (chain icon).
  • You will be presented with a dialog box where you can:

    • browse for item(s)
    • browse for a file
    • manually add one of the the following:
      Item ID, File Path, Web Address/URL, Grid, Field (in [square] brackets) or Wikitag (in {fancy} brackets).
    • drag an Outlook item (to the designated area) **

      All text in the Item field/cell will be shown in the "Hyperlink text" (see screenshot). It is important to note that if you remove text here, it will be removed from the item itselfIf you want to add links to individual words you will have to do that manually (see next).
      Click OK and test (single click) your link

  • Hyperlinks can also be entered manually. Format of a link is <a xxx>Link Text</a> where xxx can be:
    1- a list of itemIDs, comma separated
    2- a Field/folder enclosed in [ ]
    3- a Wikitag. Wikitags are enclosed in { } and entered in the WikiTag field. (See 5.4 Wikitags for more info about Wikitags.)
    4- a Web or email address
    5- for File links, Folder links and weblinks, use <a href=xxx>Link Text</a> where xxx is the file/folder/url path
    6- Outlook:OutlookGUID **
** Note that Outlook has been known to change its GUID  ("global unique identifier") when Outlook items (contacts, emails...) are moved around. See : Desktop Search integration. The result is that Outlook linked items might not be reachable if that happens.
  • If the linked item is visible in the grid, focus is moved to it. Otherwise or if the link returns more than 1 item, the scratchpad grid is opened with the linked item(s).

  • Examples can be found in the new template (File>New) in the Links grid
    sampleoutline.png

n.b. This page was automatically generated from the Links Grid (which is included in all new files: File > New).

Re: 8. Linking (node 115)

Thank you, this is a useful summary page. Two comments:
  1. I do not have a links grid in any of my existing IQ bases. I therefore set out to create a new IQBase, with sample data. This too does not have any links grid. Nor does a completely blank new IQBase.
  2. Is there a missing graphic in this page? At the end of the first item, there is a line which reads: ParentTree2.png – but there is no corresponding graphic, at least not one which is visible in my Firefox browser. Given that the page is automatically generated, is there perhaps a problem with the generation process?
Mark GREGORY, Redon, France - GMT +1/+2; EST +6. Version 76.

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