Allow aliases / automatic text substitution
It would be helpful to be able to prescribe aliases for phrases that I type regularly. For example, if I regularly write "AN" for "Amplenote", I should be able to set up "AN" as an alias for Amplenote. Then, if I search "AN" or "Amplenote", Search should pull up results matching both the actual phrase I typed as well as the alias.
Not planned editor Suggested by: Moderator • Upvoted: 11 Jan • Comments: 9
That would be great. I like "Obsidian way" of it: [[Amplenote|AN]]
It would be helpful that those aliases are listed under the tag line in the note header and are used to find unlinked mention.
It would be nice that all these alias are listed under the tag line in the header and use those word for unliked mention list.
Since there are utilities that can bring about this behavior on every desktop platform (I've had good results with "TypeIt4Me" and "TextExpander" on macOS), I do not foresee us implementing this within the next 12 months, so marking as "Not planned" for the time being.
I think this feature is poorly explained above so I will try to articulate it better.
This isn't about a textexpander feature as it is more about finding references for notes using an Alias. Let me explain.
I make a note for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If I want that to find more references for that note, currently it will only search for instances of that EXACT name. But I would like to have an Alias for that page that said, "FBI". So it would search for all instances of Federal Bureau of Investigation AND FBI instead of having two separate notes for FBI and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I hope that makes more sense.
Hey there Woody! That's a great explanation of a very high-value feature to have. Do you mind creating a new feature request for it?
Here's how Obsidian and Logseq implement aliases:
There are quite a lot of interesting use cases for aliases, so +1 from me.
It's definitely not about text expansion, there's plenty of tools to do that for you.
Hello ! i add TextBlaze chrome extension as suggestion for the workaround. I use it all the time. i even use now // instead of [[ to create backlinks thanks to TextBlaze.
In another attempt to clarify that aliases are more than just text expansion, here's an example of how I set a "People" note up in Obsidian.
Note title: John & Jane Publik
YAML Front matter: aliases: [John & Jane, John & Jane Publik, the Publiks, Jack & Jane]
When I begin to type a backlink in another note starting with "[[Jack &", I am presented with an auto-complete option of [[John & Jane Publik|Jack & Jane]], which links back to this note.
Aliases are a tool for making connections, which is more sophisticated than mere text expansion.