GNU ELPA - hyperbole


GNU Hyperbole: The Everyday Hypertextual Information Manager
hyperbole-8.0.0.tar, 2022-May-01, 19.7 MiB
Bob Weiner <>, Mats Lidell <>
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To install this package, run in Emacs:

M-x package-install RET hyperbole RET

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# README --- Information GNU Hyperbole users and maintainers should read
# Author:       Bob Weiner
# Orig-Date:    19-Oct-91 at 03:27:47
# Last-Mod:     24-Jan-22 at 00:19:12 by Bob Weiner
# Copyright (C) 1989-2021  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
# See the "HY-COPY" file for license information.
# This file is part of GNU Hyperbole.

We hope you enjoy using GNU Hyperbole.  Feel free to mail or post news
containing this file wherever it may be of use.  Hyperbole is designed and
written by Bob Weiner.  It is maintained by him and Mats Lidell.

*			Table of Contents
			* Summary
			* Files
			* Programmer Quick Reference
			* User Quotes
			* Why was Hyperbole developed?

*			   Summary

GNU Hyperbole (pronounced Ga-new Hi-per-bo-lee), or just Hyperbole, is like
Markdown for hypertext.  Hyperbole automatically recognizes dozens of
common, pre-existing patterns in any buffer regardless of mode and can
instantly activate them as hyperbuttons with a single key: email addresses,
URLs, grep -n outputs, programming backtraces, sequences of Emacs keys,
programming identifiers, Texinfo and Info cross-references, Org links,
Markdown links and on and on.  All you do is load Hyperbole and then your
text comes to life with no extra effort or complex formatting.

Hyperbole includes easy-to-use, powerful hypertextual button types without
the need to learn a markup language.  Hyperbole's button types are written
in Lisp and can be wholly independent of the web, i.e. web links are one
type of Hyperbole link, not fundamental to its link architecture.  However,
Hyperbole is a great assistant when editing HTML or Javascript or when
browsing web pages and links.

Hyperbole comes pre-built with most of the implicit button types you will
need but with a little extra effort and a few lines of code (or even just a
few words), you can define your own implicit button types to recognize your
specific buttons and then activate them anywhere in Emacs.  You press a
single key, {M-RET} by default, on any kind of Hyperbole button to activate
it, so you can rely on your muscle memory and let the computer do the hard
work of figuring out what to do.  {C-u M-RET} shows you what any button will
do in any context before you activate it, so you can always be sure of what
you are doing when needed or if some emails you a button (you can do that

Hyperbole is something to be experienced and interacted with, not understood
from reading alone.  It installs normally as a single Emacs package with no
dependencies outside of standard Emacs libraries.  Most of Hyperbole is a
single global minor mode that you can activate and deactivate at will.  And
it can be uninstalled quickly as well if need be, so there is no risk to
giving it a spin.

Once you have it installed and activated {C-u M-x hyperbole-mode RET}, try
the interactive demo with {C-h h d d}.  In fact, if you have Hyperbole
loaded, you can press {M-RET} inside any of the brace delimited series of
keys you see in this document and it will execute them on-the-fly (easy
keyboard-macro style buttons in any text).

Hyperbole can dramatically increase your productivity and greatly reduce the
number of keyboard/mouse keys you'll need to work efficiently.

In short, Hyperbole lets you:

1. Quickly create hyperlink buttons either from the keyboard or by dragging
between a source and destination window with a mouse button depressed.
Later, activate buttons by pressing/clicking on them or by giving the name of
the button.

2. Activate many kinds of `implicit buttons' recognized by context within
text buffers, e.g. URLs, grep output lines, and git commits.  A single key
or mouse button automatically does the right thing in dozens of contexts;
just press and go.

3. Build outlines with multi-level numbered outline nodes, e.g.,
that all renumber automatically as any node or tree is moved in the
outline. Each node also has a permanent hyperlink anchor that you can
reference from any other node;

4. Manage all your contacts quickly with hierarchical categories and embed
hyperlinks within each entry. Or create an archive of documents with
hierarchical entries and use the same search mechanism to quickly find any
matching entry;

5. Use single keys to easily manage your Emacs windows or frames and quickly
retrieve saved window and frame configurations;

6. Search for things in your current buffers, in a directory tree or across
major web search engines with the touch of a few keys.

The common thread in all these features is making retrieval, management and
display of information fast and easy. That is Hyperbole's purpose.

Hyperbole works well on GNU Emacs 24.4 or above. It is designed and written
by Bob Weiner.  It is maintained by him and Mats Lidell.  Its main
distribution site is:  If any term in
here is new or unfamiliar to you, you can look it up in the Hyperbole Manual

*			   Files

For a more extensive summary of Hyperbole with text and images, see the
Hyperbole home page:  If you have
already downloaded Hyperbole, see the "HY-ABOUT" file for a longer
description and overview of Hyperbole.

See "FAST-DEMO" for a demonstration of standard Hyperbole button capabilities.
This is the best way to initially interactively learn about Hyperbole after
installing it.

"man/im/demo.png", "man/im/hyperbole-cv.png" and "koutline.png" are
screenshots of Hyperbole in action.

HyControl is Hyperbole's frame and window manager; a long video
demonstrating many of HyControl's features is available at

See the "HY-NEWS" file for a summary of new features in this release.

See the "INSTALL" file for installation and invocation instructions.

See the "HY-COPY" and "COPYING" files for license information.

See the "MANIFEST" file for summaries of Hyperbole distribution files.

Various forms of the reference manual for Hyperbole are below the
"man/" subdirectory.

*		     Programmer Quick Reference

"MANIFEST" summarizes most of the files in the distribution.

See "DEMO" for a lengthier tutorial of standard Hyperbole button
capabilities.  This is the best way to go deeper into all of Hyperbole.
The Hyperbole Manual is a reference manual, not a simple introduction.

Naming conventions:

  - All Hyperbole-specific code files begin with an 'h', aside from the
    Koutliner files which are in the kotl/ subdirectory and begin with a 'k'.

  - Hyperbole user-interface files begin with 'hui-' or 'hmouse-'.

  - Files that define implicit button types begin with 'hib'.

  - Encapsulations of foreign systems begin with 'hsys-'.

Most of the standard Emacs user interface for Hyperbole is located in
"hui.el".  Most of the Hyperbole application programming interface can be
found in "hbut.el".  "hbdata.el" encapsulates the button attribute storage
implemented by Hyperbole.  "hmail.el" provides a basic abstract interface
for integrating mail readers other than Rmail into Hyperbole.

See the "(hyperbole)Questions and Answers" appendix in the Hyperbole
manual for information on how to alter the default context-sensitive
Hyperbole key bindings (Smart Keys).

*			    User Quotes

  *** MAN I love Hyperbole!!!  Wow! ***

				    	-- Ken Olstad
					   Cheyenne Software, Inc.


  I *love* koutlines.

	   				-- Bob Glickstein
					   Z-Code Software Corporation


  GNU Hyperbole is a game-changer for your mental model of information
  management and personal productivity.  Even if you don't use it you should
  study one or two of the modules and compare them to how you solve the same
  problem with your preferred tool of choice.  It is subtle, and subtle is one
  of the hardest and post powerful things to reside in your mental landscape
  these days.

                                       -- Grant Rettke
                                          Org2Blog Maintainer


  One of the nicest things about Hyperbole is that it's available
  everywhere. Org-mode is a mode and its features are only available in
  *.org files. For instance if you dropped into `eshell' or `ansi-term' and
  did `ls', you can move point to any of the directory's contents, do M-RET
  (or Shift-Button2) and jump to that file.  And that's just one example.
  Note that this means that all Hyperbole functionality is available in
  *.org files as well.  To me, except for the Hyperbole outliner, that means
  complementary not conflicting. It's Hyperbole *and* org-mode, not
  Hyperbole vs. org-mode.

  Additionally, off the bat, I found it very well documented and for me
  that's a proxy for the quality of a package.  The maintainers are quite
  responsive.  There's plenty more functionality that I haven't uncovered yet
  but due to the ease of installation and the quality of the documentation,
  digging into it is actually fun.

					-- Aditya Siram

  For me, Emacs isn't Emacs without Hyperbole.  I have depended on Hyperbole
  daily since 1992, when I first started using it to manage my development
  environment.  It didn't take long before I could summon almost any
  information I needed directly from within my editing environment with an
  implicit button. Since I almost never have to slow down to look for
  things--one context-dependent button usually produces exactly what I need
  --I am able to maintain focus on the task I am working on and complete it
  more quickly.  With its gestural interface, seamless integration with other
  Emacs packages and incredibly useful set of core features.  I think that
  Hyperbole is one of the best designed and most easily extensible software
  products I have ever come across.  It is certainly the one which has made
  the biggest improvement in my personal productivity.

					-- Chris Nuzum
					   Co-founder, Traction Software, Inc.


  I've found Hyperbole (in conjunction with XEmacs) to be very useful
  for signal processing algorithm development.

  For me, it has almost completely obsoleted the engineering notebook:
  I keep a set of files with ideas, algorithms, and results, linked
  together and to the implementation in C++ files.  Using XEmacs'
  support for embedding graphics, I've written a mode that accepts
  image tags (formatted like HTML), and reads in GIF files to display
  plots.  I have another program that converts the file to HTML (not
  perfect, but adequate), so I can put any aspect of development on
  our internal web for others to see.

                                        -- Farzin Guilak
		                           Protocol Systems, Inc., Engineer


  I am blind and have been using Hyperbole since 1992.  I used to use a PC as
  a talking terminal attached to a UNIX system, but then I developed
  Emacspeak which lets me use Emacs and Hyperbole from standard UNIX
  workstations with an attached voice synthesizer.

  My main uses are:
    1) Global and implicit buttons for jumping to ftp sites.
    2) The contact manager with Emacspeak support.
    3) Explicit buttons as part of comments made about a structured document.
       Each button jumps to the document section referred to by the comment.
       This is very, very useful.
    4) The Hyperbole Koutliner, which I find a very useful tool.  I've
       implemented Emacspeak extensions to support it.

					-- TV Raman
					   Google Inc.


  I've been a grateful Hyperbole user for a few years now.  Hyperbole's
  flexibility and ease of use is a marvel.

  Mainly, I write easy little implicit button types (and corresponding action
  types) to make my life easier.  For example, I have an implicit button type
  to bury certain buffers when I click at their bottoms, one that recognizes
  a bug report record in various contexts and edits it, one that links pieces
  of test output in a log file to the corresponding test case source code
  (EXTREMELY helpful in interpreting test output), others that support our
  homegrown test framework, one that handles tree dired mode the way I'd
  like, one that completely handles wico menus (I've also overloaded the
  wconfig actions triggered by diagonal mouse drags with wicos actions), and
  a couple that support interaction with BBDB.

  Other than that, I keep a global button file with 30 or so explicit buttons
  that do various little things, and I index saved mail messages by putting
  explicit link-to-mail buttons in an outline file.

				    	-- Ken Olstad
					   Cheyenne Software, Inc.


  In general, Hyperbole is an embeddable, highly extensible hypertext
  tool.  As such, I find it very useful. As it stands now, Hyperbole is
  particularly helpful for organizing ill-structured or loosely coupled
  information, in part because there are few tools geared for this purpose.
  Hyperbole also possesses a lot of potential in supporting a wider
  spectrum of structuredness, ranging from unstructured to highly
  structured environments, as well as structural changes over time.

  Major Uses:

  * Menu interface to our own collaborative support environment called
    CoReView: This interface brings together all top-level user commands
    into a single partitioned screen, and allows the end user to interact
    with the system using simple mouse-clicking instead of the meta-x key.

  * Gateway to internet resources: this includes links to major Internet
    archive sites of various types of information. Links are made at both
    directory and file levels.

  * Alternative directory organizer: The hierarchical nature of the Unix
    file system sometimes makes it difficult to find things quickly and
    easily using directory navigational tools such as dired. Hyperbole
    enables me to create various "profile" views of my directory tree, with
    entries in these views referring to files anywhere in the hierarchy.

  * Organizing and viewing online documentation: using Hyperbole along with
    Hyper-man and Info makes it truly easy to look up online documentation.
  * Other desktop organization tasks: including links to various mail
    folders, saved newsgroup conversation threads, online note-taker,
    emacs-command invocations, etc.

				    	-- Dadong Wan
					   University of Hawaii


  Hyperbole is the first hyper-link system I've run across that is
  actually part of the environment I use regularly, namely Emacs. The
  complete flexibility of the links is both impressive and expected -- the
  idea of making the link itself programmable is clever, and given that one
  assumes the full power of Emacs.  Being able to send email with buttons
  in it is a very powerful capability.  Using ange-ftp mode, one can make
  file references "across the world" as easily as normal file references.

				        -- Mark Eichin
					   Cygnus Support

   I just wanted to say how much I enjoy using the Hyperbole Koutliner.
   It is a great way to quickly construct very readable technical documents
   that I can pass around to others.   Thanks for the great work.  

				        -- Jeff Fried


   The Hyperbole system provides a nice interface to exploring corners of
   Unix that I didn't know existed before.

					-- Craig Smith

*		     Why was Hyperbole developed?

Hyperbole was originally designed to aid in research aimed at Personalized
Information production/retrieval Environments (PIEs).  Hyperbole was a
PIE Manager that provided services to PIE Tools.  PIEmail, a mail reader was
the only PIE Tool developed as part of this research but Hyperbole has
greatly expanded since then and has long been a production quality toolset.

An examination of many hypertext environments as background research did
not turn up any that seemed suitable for the research envisioned, mainly
due to the lack of rich, portable programmer and user environments.  We also
tired of trying to manage our own distributed information pools with standard
UNIX tools.  And so Hyperbole was conceived and raved about until it
got its name.

Since then Hyperbole has proved indispensable at improving information
access and organization in daily use over many years.  Why not start
improving your information handling efficiency today?

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