You use bookmarks in LyX. Tell me about it

Paul A. Rubin parubin73 at
Mon Apr 5 18:17:02 UTC 2021

On 4/5/21 11:54 AM, Jean-Marc Lasgouttes wrote:
> Dear LyX users,
> I recently tried to fix ticket #2496 for 2.4.0.
> However, several problems occurred:
> 1/ displaying bookmark numbers inline does not please everybody (see 
> attachment)
> 2/ displaying them in the margin is not entirely satisfying either 
> (other attachment); note that the code for this case is not perfect 
> yet (e.g. the margin is not large enough).
> 3/ making bookmarks visible made me aware that the bookmarks 
> functionality is really broken. I fixed a few things, but a lot 
> remains to be done.
> This makes me wonder: are there users of this bookmarks thing out 
> there? What is your use case? Do you keep bookmarks between sessions, 
> or is it just to get back and forth in a document at a given moment?
> Finally, do you think that making bookmarks visible is useful? For me, 
> the main use now is to debug the functionality.
> JMarc

I rarely use bookmarks, and when I do it is within a session (meaning I 
do not expect them to survive closing the document and opening it at a 
later date). I do not have any particular need for a visible marker. 
Regarding the "anchor" for the bookmark, my preference would be to 
anchor it to the nearest object (word, equation, inset, whatever the 
cursor "belongs" to or is next to), with the understanding that editing 
the anchor keeps the bookmark attached to it and deleting the anchor 
attaches the bookmark to the immediately previous word, equation, inset 
or whatever.

On a side note, I find it slightly disconcerting that clicking "Navigate 
Back" in a document with no bookmarks and no recent edits opens the last 
edited document and jumps to the last edit point. Jumping to the last 
edit point in the current document, whenever that was made, would be 
fine, but jumping to a different document is a tad disconcerting.


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