Folgezettel Links

Wiki-links (see Linking) may be labelled as “folgezettel” if you are writing a “structure note” (or hub note, or index note). Folgezettel links are used to curate a tree-like structure (termed Folgezettel Heterarchy) for your zettelkasten, which structure is used in both Uplink Tree and Impulse.

To mark a wiki-link as “folgezettel”, put the # letter to either the end or the beginning of the link. The position of # indicates the direction of the folgezettel relationship.

# Programming paradigms

There are different kinds of programming paradigms:

* [[Functional Programming]]#
* [[Imperative Programming]]#

When # is placed at the end1, as illustrated above, the current zettel becomes the (structural) parent of the linked note. Let’s look at the opposite example,

# Haskell

Haskell is an example of a language with #[[Functional Programming]] paradigm.

Here, the # is placed at the beginning of the link; thus, the linked zettel (“Functional Programming”) becomes the parent of the current zettel (“Haskell”). Notice that, conceptually, this is equivalent to tagging; i.e., #[[Foo]] is semantically equivalent to #foo. Thus, the use of folgezettel links can obviate Tags for most typical use cases.


If you are just starting out, begin with plain wiki-links. Once your get comfortable, experiment with making some of them folgezettel, while confirming the desired heterarchy in Impulse or Uplink Tree.

  1. Neuron v1 used [[[..]]] to create forward folgezettel links. These are still supported for backwards compatability, but users should use [[..]]# going forward.