[Urwid] Notational Velocity port

Dominic LoBue dom.lobue at gmail.com
Thu Mar 11 02:03:16 EST 2010

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM, Andrew Wagner <drewm1980 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello-
> I'm exploring the idea of doing a urwid port of Notational Velocity:
> http://notational.net/
> If you're not familiar with it, it is a very minimalistic program for
> keeping track of small text-based notes.  It is an osx only program
> build on top of Cocoa, and there is nothing quite like it on linux.
> I'm new to urwid, but I have read the tutorial, tinkered with the
> examples a bit, and glanced at a handful of reference pages.
> I'd be interested to hear suggestions for how to structure an urwid
> version.  It probably be something like a {Pile or ListBox?}
> containing a single line Edit, a ListBox, and a multi-line Edit.
> Cheers,
> Drew
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Not to rain on your parade or anything, but there really isn't much of
a need for an application like that in *nix. In a GUI-based OS like
windows, sure, it'd be really handy. But in linux, an application like
that is rendered superfluous by grep. If you know the note's
title/filename you want has a specific word in it, but don't remember
the whole title: ls | grep -i word. If you want to find a note that
contains a word that isn't in its title: grep -i word *.

That said, It is hard to suggest what widgets you should use when we
have no idea what the application looks like. From the description of
how the app works on notational.net though, the way I see the widgets
being structured is with the top-most widget being a Frame. Frames
have a body and can either have a header or a footer widget (or both).
The header would be an Edit widget, and it would have focus to begin
with. You'd use some key combination to change focus, like tab or

You'd need two different widgets for the body: one for auto-complete
suggestions, and one for editing. The editing widget would obviously
be an Edit you initialize with multiline=True. The autocomplete would
be a ListBox around a ListWalker of some sort. In the ListWalker would
be a list with Text widgets representing the autocomplete choices.

Dominic LoBue

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