OAS18001 – !,#,###,ƒ and More Tagging, by J&P – Start Here, incl. info on “- Start Here”

“Tagging names of files and folders, inside documents, for faster and targeted searches” (in subject, OAS18001).

From ‘ƒ’ to ‘!’ – Exclamation Mark

Was ‘ƒ’

From using ‘ƒ’ for many years on macOS desktop systems, and worked absolutely great! But, became more complicated character to use on:

  • Smart phones
  • Windows computers

To ‘!’ (2018)

So, in 2018, changed use of ‘ƒ’ to ‘!’ and since then we  The J&P Group are now using the following as primary tags for files/folders and inside docs:

  • ‘!’ to highlight top-level material, ‘root-folder’ for a topic, et c
  • ‘###’ to highlight work-in-progress (‘WIP’)
    • things that sometimes by others and other systems are tagged with other keywords like To-Do, TODO, ACTION, ACT, and such


The Official OAS18001

oas18001-!,#,###,ƒ,and-more,tagging– more details on our history of using different tags for improving searchability.

Rev Comments
2018-05-12 Original (uploaded 2021-07)
22.0 Extended to two pages with notes on more tags, more on regular expressions, and a ASCII table. (Uploaded 2022-12)
24.0 Add ‘SH!’, plus minor reformatting on page 2 for better readability.

More on Why [any special tag/tagging]

Just searching on something very generic or common, like the ‘search’ word  itself typically results in ‘zillions’ of hits, and which is the one, or relatively few ones, that is a starting point for all things related to searching (desktop, search machines, on file systems and/or in cloud, asset management systems / registries including both physical/tangible and digital/intangible, and so on.)

In our case, our top-level for all-things-related-to-search is in one top-level page.

As an example, at the time of adding this section, we get

  • 99 hits when just search on ‘search’ on this site
  • 3 hits when search on ‘search’ plus ‘!’ (not writing together here as would great a third page found)
    1. ‘Search’ plus ‘!’ – yes, our top-level entry point, what I really was looking for
    2. Search! macOS-Focus – ah, that could also be a great entry point, if I was just now looking for something for macOS focuses.
    3. $HOME/Dropbox as it has ‘Research‘+’!’ in page.


” – Start Here” (2021), ” SH!” (2024)

Started using ‘Start Here’ as add-on tag for Titles in Wiki-type systems (like Wikipedia, Confluence, SharePoint, …), but also in CMS-based like this site.

Like the title for this page “OAS18001 – !,#,###,ƒ and More Tagging, by J&P – Start Here” with the added “ – Start Here“. Note <space> + “- Start Here”.

NOTE: THIS SEEMS TO BE THE FIRST-EVER actual documentation of the use of ‘ – Start Here’… Can’t find anything else at this time…. (Aug 2022).

The “ SH!” is a short form for use in file systems – like local, Dropbox, …, and primarily on folders. (Introduced on 2024-01-01)



A few scattered notes on CMS v Wiki, and more:



“In essence, a wiki has many editors, as well as numerous readers, whereas a CMS has few publishers and a large number of readers. In terms of content, CMS are …” [xwiki.com/en/Alternatives/xwiki-vs-cms]

A wiki is an application, that people use. A CMS is just a kind of database. CMS’s often have front-end administrator applications. However, the point of a CMS is to manage content for some purpose-built front-end application.” [stackoverflow.com what-are-the-differences-between-a-wiki-and-a-cms]

More from that stack overflow – page:


    1. A CMS focuses on content which is then published through standardized templates — think of an online newspaper as driven by a huge CMS system.
    2. It’s about standardized publishing information.
    3. CMS’es usually have a limited group of editors.
    4. Useful for relatively static content, maintained by non-tech people.
    5. Much emphasis on style/presentation: very slick templates so it looks professional.


    1. On the other hand, a wiki focuses on pages where each page represents a topic.
    2. It’s much more about collaboratively improving each topic (adding hyperlinks to other topics and websites counts as improving the topic).
    3. Wikis are generally much more open to “the public” (or everybody in the company, vs. just the “internal communication” department).
    4. Wikis are meant to be living, dynamic things, maintained by everybody.
    5. Much emphasis on content: less slick templates but easier to find and update information.

.. CMS

jandp.biz/mlabs/data/ has more on Data – Information – Knowledge – Wisdom (DIKW)



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