That's a good idea.
Something else I could do along those lines, but without any programming
necessary, would be to construct a keyword index as an HTML document with
clickable links to all my documents. The whole thing could be set up like a
local web page, but I would necessarily need server software like XAMPP
unless I wanted to get fancy and use PHP scripting or a MYSQL database.
Just a plain vanilla HTML file with maybe a javascript expandable tree of
topics and sub-topics. That way a single file could be linked under
multiple topic headings.

In its most basic form I could simply do something like this:
<li>Grammar Sketches
<li>Some preposition ideas <a href="gizmo.txt">gizmo.txt</a></li>
<li>A neat verb system <a href="junk.txt">junk.txt</a></li>
<li>A Formal Grammar <a href="formal.txt">formal.txt</a></li>
<li>A Self-Segregating Morphology <href="junk.txt">junk.txt</a></li>
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On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Andrew Schade <[log in to unmask]>

> This is a time consuming (initially) solution. If you perhaps use the first
> line of these text files (for the record, I am assuming they are saved in a
> plain text format) to list tags in a comma- (or something) delimited
> fashion. For example
> asdf.txt=
> phonology,alien,consonants, etc
> If you create something like that, it wouldn't be to hard to write a simple
> python script or something like that would take a tag query, search the
> directory, and output the paths of all the files that had that tag.
> *Disclaimer* I don't have anything of the sort running, I have not tried
> it, and nor do I have anywhere near the conlang materiel that this might be
> an issue for me (at the moment)
> If you aren't a programmer, I might be able to write a program that would
> do it for you, if you were interested. Just send me a personal email.
> Andrew
> On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM, Leo Moser <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Total recall.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> > Behalf Of Gary Shannon
> > Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:58 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Order out of Chaos?
> >
> > Browsing around in my computer's file system, I find that I have 6158
> text
> > files in my conlang folder, including the contents of sub-folders.  I
> know
> > I haven't created 6158 different conlangs, so I began to wonder just what
> > all this garbage is, and how should I go about organizing and classifying
> > it.
> >
> > There are some folders that are devoted to a particular conlang like ai
> > Basata, Kalusa, SoaLoa, Pindari, Txtana, and so on. But, surprisingly,
> most
> > of the files are one-off ideas, grammar sketches, morphological ideas,
> > lexical theories, and a host of other miscellany not associated with any
> > one particular conlang. The filenames are often cryptic, and seldom give
> > any hint as to the contents of the file.
> >
> > What makes this bad is that I will come up with what I think is a new
> idea
> > in some area of conlangery only to discover that I had written down
> > essentially the same idea back in 1997 and again in 2006. What's even
> > worse, is in browsing through some of my old files from 15 to 20 years
> ago
> > I'm stumbling across some idea that I really like, and would love to play
> > around with, but that I had completely forgotten about!
> >
> > Has anybody out there come up with a good way to bring order to the chaos
> > of random bits and scraps of ideas? How do you keep your notes in order,
> or
> > do you? What are your filing and organizing techniques?
> >
> > --gary
> >