I may be missing a point that is being made in this feature request, but 
couldn't you do something similar with just simple renaming of sub-pages since 
ZIM will rename the links for you if you did link pages.

For example, your book starts as a single file under a name space:

(Namespace) Great Novel
(sub-page) book body

Realize that your writing has turned into chapters:

(Namespace) Great Novel
(sub-page) Chapter 1
(sub-page) Chapter 4

Realize that things need to be broken up more:

(Namespace) Great Novel
(sub-page) 01 Chapter
(sub-page) 02 Chapter
(sub-page) 04.01 Chapter
(sub-page) 04.02 Chapter
(sub-page) 04.03 Chapter

I mention this because I use a similar system to track all of my open projects. 
Most of my projects have a date (like meeting prep) or a month in which they 
need to be completed. So I name all of my projects using date codes that 
automatically reshuffle and stay in chronological order.

(Namespace) Projects
(sub-page) 2012-03-01 Faculty Meeting

(sub-page) 2012-04 Open House Follow-Up

If a date gets changed for a meeting, I simply change the date, and it 
reshuffles the projects so that it is always in chronological order.
| Steve |
| mowest...@yahoo.com      |

 From: Ulf Bro <ulf....@web.de>
To: zim-wiki@lists.launchpad.net 
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:01 AM
Subject: [Zim-wiki] Feature suggestion - outliner
I find Zim very useful for saving a lot of data in my everyday situation at 
work. There are a lot of things to keep in written form somewhere like "when 
the customer wants this and that, then have him fill this form and call that 
telephone number at these particular weekdays and hours" or "these things are 
ordered by this or that company, ordering is sent by fax at Mrs. so and so". 
Thousands of small details, my data base is growing all the time. One namespace 
is enough for that.

Now there is one additional feature which could be added to zim with only minor 

If someone is writing a book and just starts to write the book not from the 
beginning but in the middle then he at some time will determine that his work 
has now grown to a size that he has to split it in two chapters.

Sooner or later he has 5 chapters and some of the things in chapter 2 really 
belongs in chapter 4 and have to be moved. Then chapter 4 must be split in 3 
sections, 4.1, 4.2 ,nd 4.3. Et cetera.

For such purposes you normally use an "outline editor".

Now Zim can do some of that too. You can make pages and sub-pages and move them 
around like you want to. You can link them to each other or not link them as 
you like.

Just one thing you can't do is to change the order of files appearing in the 
same namespace (physically they are files in the same folder). They always 
appear in alphabetical order. If Zim were to be changed so that pages can be 
swapped (and thus appear in another order in the index file) then Zim would 
actually be an outline editor. We would then just need a function to export 
everything into one big text file, or one big html file, that's all. It would't 
be difficult to program.

This means you could write a complete book without linking any files at all (if 
you want). Or link as many as you want.

There are other outliners out there but they aren't particularly good at cross 
linking and updating links when pages are moved.


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