Sometimes I want parts of the text within an org buffer to be 'masked' by default. The reason is that I may want to look at that file with someone looking over my shoulder, where they should be able to see most of what's there, but some information I'd rather they not, a name for example.
One way I've discovered to do this is to use a faux link. So this:
On Jan. 30, Mary Smith contacted me with concerns about the project's budget.
is entered as this:
On Jan. 30, [[Mary Smith][**********]] contacted me with concerns about the project's budget.
and displays like this:
On Jan. 30, ********** contacted me with concerns about the project's budget.
There's an added benefit that hovering over the 'link' shows the hidden text. It's a little kludgy, but it meets my needs. Obviously isn't for information that requires a high degree of security, and that's not what I'm after.
My question is whether there is maybe a better way to go about this. A better solution should make it easy to format text so that it's hidden AND to access the original, hidden text.