# Diary in Latex with additional notes on side

I am trying to make a diary that will have the following format

1. Each entry will be inside a colored box
2. Each entry will have a title with the date and an optional title
3. I want the possibility to add notes on the side(preferably at the right one) in a specific line of an entry. The notes will be on a seperate colored box.

I searched the tex.se and found two codes to achieve this. The first one comes from Gonzalo Medina's answer on create a framed environment for a margin note

His way inputs a note on the left side and I believe it would be better if the notes were on right side.

For 1 and 2, I believe that ferahfeza gave a prety answer on using latex to keep a diary however there are some points that are not working because he is probably missing a lot of code.

The idea is to have a diary.tex(that contains the definition of a newenvironment) file which will be inputed in a main file.

My final output would be a combination of those two

My code is

diary.tex

\newcounter{diary}
\renewcommand{\thediary}{\arabic{diary}}
\newenvironment{diary}[2]
{\par\medskip\refstepcounter{diary}%
\hbox{%
\fboxsep=\the\sidebar\hspace{-\envborder}\hspace{-.5\sidebar}%
\colorbox{orange}{%
\hspace{\envborder}\footnotesize\sffamily\bfseries%
\textcolor{white}{{#1}\ {#2}\enspace\thediary\hspace{\envborder}}
%\today % Print date in header of frame
}}}{\vspace{0.5cm}}


The main file is the following

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[lmargin=5cm,textwidth=15cm,marginparwidth=4cm]{geometry}
\usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor}
\usepackage{ragged2e}
\usepackage[framemethod=tikz]{mdframed}
\usepackage{marginnote}
\usetikzlibrary{calc}
\usepackage{lipsum}

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

\usepackage{framed}
\usepackage{datetime}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{times}

\reversemarginpar

\newsavebox\mybox
\newlength\BoxHt

\newcommand\caution[2][-2.2\baselineskip]{%
\begin{lrbox}{\mybox}
\parbox{\marginparwidth}{#2}
\end{lrbox}%
\settoheight\BoxHt{\usebox\mybox}%
\raisebox{\BoxHt}[0pt][0pt]{\marginnote{%
\begin{mdframed}[
userdefinedwidth=\marginparwidth,
innerleftmargin=3pt,
innerrightmargin=3pt,
linecolor=BrickRed,
frametitle=\colorbox{white}{\space Caution\space},
frametitlefont=\color{BrickRed}\sffamily,
innertopmargin=10pt,
frametitleaboveskip=-\ht\strutbox,
frametitlebelowskip=-\ht\strutbox,
frametitlealignment=\raggedright,
singleextra={\fill[BrickRed] let \p1=(P), \p2=(O)  in
( $(P|-0,0.5*\y2+0.5*\y1) + (0,-4pt)$ ) -- +(4pt,4pt) -- +(0,8pt) -- cycle;}
]\RaggedRight\small#2\end{mdframed}}[#1]}}

\input{diary}

\begin{document}

\begin{diary}{}{14.07.2013}
\lipsum*[3-4]\caution{\lipsum[2]}\lipsum[3-5]
\end{diary}

Some test text\caution{Some text goes here just to illustrate the command}

\lipsum[4-5].\caution{Not forget to do this} This is a line that really needs some caution. But now it's time to move on to the next paragraph. \lipsum[1]

\end{document}


My output is the following

How to achieve the desired output?

EDIT

I tried to achieve the colored background using mdframed in a new command, \note with 3 arguments. The new diary.tex is

\mdfdefinestyle{MyFrameBlue}{%
linecolor=blue!20!white,
outerlinewidth=0pt,
roundcorner=0pt,
innertopmargin=-15pt,
innerbottommargin=-5pt,
innerrightmargin=0pt,
innerleftmargin=0pt,
backgroundcolor=blue!20!white}
\newcounter{diary}
\renewcommand{\thediary}{\arabic{diary}}
\newenvironment{diary}[2]
{\par\medskip\refstepcounter{diary}%
\hbox{%
\setlength{\fboxsep}{5pt}
\colorbox{orange}{%
\hspace{2pt}\footnotesize\sffamily\bfseries%
\textcolor{white}{\thediary. \ {#1}\ {#2}\enspace\hspace{2pt}}
}}}{\vspace{0.5cm}}
\newcommand{\note}[3]{\begin{mdframed}[style=MyFrameBlue]
\begin{diary}{#1}{#2}{\vspace{0.5cm} #3}\end{diary}
\end{mdframed}
}


The thing is that when I use \caution{} inside the diary environment, the background color is adopted.

\note{}{14.11.2013}{This is the \caution{Watch the traps!} first note}


• Oh lord. Keeping diary should be a happy thing. You use LaTeX to do it? [facepalm] – Sibbs Gambling Nov 14 '13 at 16:30
• @Thanos, I updated my previous answer here tex.stackexchange.com/questions/68525/… – ferahfeza Nov 14 '13 at 16:36
• @perfectionm1ng: There are also research diaries, high heel princess... – Thanos Nov 14 '13 at 16:36
• @ferahfeza: Thank you very much for your comment. The thing is tht I need the box in the side note, as well as the little arrow indicating at which line the note is reffering to. In addition, I think it would be more straight forward not to use the diary entries in a seperate file. Is there a technical reason to do that? Thank's once again for your effort! – Thanos Nov 14 '13 at 16:41
• @Thanos: Your welcome. I use separate file because for easy archiving of diaries. It's arbitrary, no technical reason. I'm sorry for boxing, because my time is very limited for writing some documents. – ferahfeza Nov 14 '13 at 16:50

After ferahfeza updated his answer on using latex to keep a diary the diary.tex is updated like that

diary.tex

 \newlength\sidebar
\newlength\envrule
\newlength\envborder
\setlength\sidebar{1.5mm}
\setlength\envrule{0.4pt}
\setlength\envborder{2mm}

\makeatletter
\long\def\fboxs#1{%
\leavevmode
\setbox\@tempboxa\hbox{%
\color@begingroup
\kern\fboxsep{#1}\kern\fboxsep
\color@endgroup}%
\@frames@x\relax}
\def\frameboxs{%
\@ifnextchar(%)
\@framepicbox{\@ifnextchar[\@frameboxs\fboxs}}
\def\@frameboxs[#1]{%
\@ifnextchar[%]
{\@iframeboxs[#1]}%
{\@iframeboxs[#1][c]}}
\long\def\@iframeboxs[#1][#2]#3{%
\leavevmode
\@begin@tempboxa\hbox{#3}%
\setlength\@tempdima{#1}%
\setbox\@tempboxa\hb@xt@\@tempdima
{\kern\fboxsep\csname bm@#2\endcsname\kern\fboxsep}%
\@frames@x{\kern-\fboxrule}%
\@end@tempboxa}
\def\@frames@x#1{%
\@tempdima\fboxrule
\hbox{%
\lower\@tempdima\hbox{%
\vbox{%
%\hrule\@height\fboxrule
\hbox{%
\vrule\@width\fboxrule
#1%
\vbox{%
\vskip\fboxsep
\box\@tempboxa
\vskip\fboxsep}%
#1%
}%\vrule\@width\fboxrule}%
}%\hrule\@height\fboxrule}%
}%
}%
}
\def\esefcolorbox#1#{\esecolor@fbox{#1}}
\def\esecolor@fbox#1#2#3{%
\color@b@x{\fboxsep\z@\color#1{#2}\fboxs}{\color#1{#3}}}
\makeatother

\definecolor{exampleborder}{HTML}{FE642E}
\definecolor{examplebg}{HTML}{CEF6EC}
\definecolor{statementborder}{rgb}{.9,0,0}
\definecolor{statementbg}{rgb}{1,1,1}

\newenvironment{eseframed}{%
\def\FrameCommand{\fboxrule=\the\sidebar  \fboxsep=\the\envborder%
\esefcolorbox{exampleborder}{examplebg}}%
\MakeFramed{\FrameRestore}}%
{\endMakeFramed}

\newcounter{diary}
\renewcommand{\thediary}{\arabic{diary}}

%%% CODE ENVIRONMENT. PUT TEXT INTO COLORED FRAME %%%
\newenvironment{diary}[2]
{\par\medskip\refstepcounter{diary}%
\hbox{%
\fboxsep=\the\sidebar\hspace{-\envborder}\hspace{-.5\sidebar}%
\colorbox{exampleborder}{%
\hspace{\envborder}\footnotesize\sffamily\bfseries%
\textcolor{white}{{#1}\ {#2}\enspace\hspace{\envborder}}
}
}
\nointerlineskip\vspace{-\topsep}%
\begin{eseframed}\noindent\ignorespaces%
}
{\end{eseframed}\vspace{-\baselineskip}\medskip}


In the main.tex Gonzalo Medina's code will be added, that will give the sidenotes with the pointing arrow, inside a colored box.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[lmargin=5cm,textwidth=15cm,marginparwidth=4cm]{geometry}
\usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor}
\usepackage{ragged2e}
\usepackage[framemethod=tikz]{mdframed}
\usepackage{marginnote}
\usetikzlibrary{calc}
\usepackage{lipsum}

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

\usepackage{framed}
\usepackage{datetime}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{times}

\reversemarginpar

\newsavebox\mybox
\newlength\BoxHt

\newcommand\caution[2][-2.2\baselineskip]{%
\begin{lrbox}{\mybox}
\parbox{\marginparwidth}{#2}
\end{lrbox}%
\settoheight\BoxHt{\usebox\mybox}%
\raisebox{\BoxHt}[0pt][0pt]{\marginnote{%
\begin{mdframed}[
userdefinedwidth=\marginparwidth,
innerleftmargin=3pt,
innerrightmargin=3pt,
linecolor=BrickRed,
frametitle=\colorbox{white}{\space Caution\space},
frametitlefont=\color{BrickRed}\sffamily,
innertopmargin=10pt,
frametitleaboveskip=-\ht\strutbox,
frametitlebelowskip=-\ht\strutbox,
frametitlealignment=\raggedright,
singleextra={\fill[BrickRed] let \p1=(P), \p2=(O)  in
( $(P|-0,0.5*\y2+0.5*\y1) + (0,-4pt)$ ) -- +(4pt,4pt) -- +(0,8pt) -- cycle;}
]\RaggedRight\small#2\end{mdframed}}[#1]}}

\input{diary}

\begin{document}

\begin{diary}{}{14.07.2013}
\lipsum*[3-4]\caution{\lipsum[2]}\lipsum[3-5]
\end{diary}

\end{document}


The output is