When you work with PlantUML, you propably already noticed that it has some surprises deep down in its code. Some are experimental and some are quite useful.
Whenever I tried to draw Mind-Maps in the past, I noticed that the most important feature of a Mind-Map tool is that it is easy to use. It should start quickly and you should be able to dump your brain easily vida the keyboard.
Since I seldomly use Mind-Maps, the brain dump part is the hardest - I always forget which tool I used last and the keyboard shortcuts to use.
Now I discovered that PlantUML is also capable of drawing Mind-Maps.
Put a List between
@endmindmap tags and it will be rendered as Mind-Map:
@startmindmap + **myThoughts** ++ Thought 1 'tag::details +++_ Thought 1.1 +++_ Thought 1.2 'end::details ++ Thought 2 ++ Thought 3 'tag::left -- Thought A -- Thought B -- Thought C 'end::left @endmindmap
+-bullets will be rendered as thoughts to the right,
--bullets to the left, add an underscore
_ to omit the box.
Take care that there is only one root-element, because PlantUML doesn’t know how to handle two roots (me either).
These Mind-Maps quickly grow. This results in boxes getting smaller and smaller. But as you can already see from the source above, there is a solution. Tag some detail levels or parts of your Mind-Map and instruct Asciidoctor to render only the main part.
[plantuml,mindmap2,svg] ---- include::demo.puml[tags=!left] ----
[plantuml,mindmap3,svg] ---- include::demo.puml[tags=!details] ----