I have brought it up before here: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7206&p=58529&hilit=keyword#p58529 and here: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14652
My argument for doing so is:
1. It would allow quick searching and finding of textual passages that are relevant to a specific keyword. This feature would allow several keywords per document permitting a writer to quickly find, break up and rearrange ideas within a paragraph or document.
2. It would allow qualitative social science academics who work with texts--interviews, letters, memoranda, observational notes, survey responses, etc.--to analyze them with keywords and then search for them later during writing up. A process called "coding." Why Scrivener? Because the process of analyzing those texts is also a process of writing up your findings. It would be great to have the texts of my interviews in my Research folder, with Keywords marking up my interviewees' responses, and then finding them while I am writing my draft.
- Overlapping keyword passages, where you tag a passage with keyword A, and you tag part of that passage with another keyword, B.
The database of keywords and locations may be too large (a document might have hundreds of keywords)
This is a wish for the wish list; I realize fully that Scrivener is NOT a qualitative data analysis package, and in fact, the program is really for other kinds of writing, but every time I use Scrivener, I just have this background voice that keeps saying, "this program is so well suited to academic work, and if it just made some tweaks, it could work for social sciences too."
In any case, thanks for an amazing program that I use on a daily basis. Rich