How to write formula for turn outline view into Table view?

Why I need this feature ?
Bcz It’s more convenient that the first time organize knowledges with outline view. But after outline view done. it’s not enough , We have to handle data in Table view and without repeating input the same datas. Such as, filiter , formula, add Note, multi-selection, etc in Table View.

Here is data with outline view:

  • 20th Century
    • Realism Reinvented
      • Ashcan School
      • Camden Town Group
      • American Scene
      • American Regionalism
      • Social Realism
      • The Canadian Group Of Seven
      • Magic Realism
      • Contemporary Realism
    • Modernism
      • Expressionism
        • Die Brücke
        • Der Blaue Reiter
        • Die Neue Sachlichkeit
        • Bauhaus
  • 19th Century
    • Realism
      • The Barbizon School
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Hi @Steve_Yang,

Maybe this post from @Paul_Danyliuk could be a good starting point:


Thanks @Federico_Stefanato
It’s really a good starting point.

Hope someone develop it at the same time.

Actually I could do in Xmind with mind map ,and then export to Excel,
and then copy excel to Coda.

But I want to implement it in one page , best solution is by one click.

Outline view Table view.

As I know, there’s no other tools can turn outline view into Table view.

Thanks @Federico_Stefanato for the mention!

@Steve_Yang feel free to reuse my template, but your case is even simpler. You don’t need to combine subitems or preserve checkbox status or whatnot, I assume, so you can just .Split(Character(10)) your list and .FormulaMap(AddRow...)) then. You can still use parts of my template to determine list nesting level based on inner object structure, but no need to manipulate those back into text items.

Here’s a simpler solution by @shishir

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Thanks @Paul_Danyliuk

It seems combine 2 templates for my case.

I also need turn Table view into Outline View.

I’ll try tomorrow.

After done that .I need more features.

Such as :

  • 20th Century #date, @ppl, #notes
    • Realism Reinvented
      • Ashcan School
      • Camden Town Group
      • American Scene

Turn #date, @ppl, #notes into column in Table view.

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This is a great first step! But the second step is key: How do you preserve parent-child relationships when converting the outline into the table? Can you “read” a bullet’s indentation level to identify its parent bullet? If so, how do you then feed the parent row into a second “Parent” column?

In other words, how do you get from the outline below to the table below?

I’ve been wondering and trying to figure it out for a long time. Any help would be greatly and gratefully appreciated! Thanks!

Hey David, welcome to the Community!

I did this by examining the underlying structure of the rich text — e.g. here:

You can look into the free version doc that’s linked in that topic, HLP Initial tasks input table. It’s not the most optimal solution there but it may give you ideas.

If you implement this now though, be prepared to fix this sometime very soon. Coda is changing the way it stores text, so it won’t be the same structure to examine anymore. Not significantly different but it will require adjustment anyway.