[annotator-dev] Threading / discussion

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Fri Aug 12 14:04:32 UTC 2011

On 12 August 2011 13:22, Mark Horner
<mark.horner at shuttleworthfoundation.org> wrote:
> Hi All
> I was just wondering if there is anything in the works that will allow a
> discussion through the annotator - not necessarily threaded but
> certainly allowing replies to annotations?

We've thought about this from the start (see use case 7 on [1]) but we
haven't implemented this or done a lot of planning on how this would
work. If someone were interested in helping design and build this that
would be great :-)

Aside: one (possibly hacky way) to do this would to try and integrate
with something like commenting system like disqus (since that already
has threading etc). In its essence an annotation is just a comment
with additional metadata (the textrange and the 'quote') and so it
would make a lot of sense to reuse, if one could, an existing comment
solution. Unfortunately AFAICT disqus does not support adding metadata
to comments.

[1]: https://github.com/okfn/annotator/wiki/Use-Cases-and-User-Stories

> We've used a.nnotate.com in the past and this has allowed some good
> discussion to take place - for example:
> http://a.nnotate.com/php/pdfnotate.php?d=2010-08-25&c=41PytLzR#page350
> where errata have been submitted and feedback given.

Yes, very much agree that this is really useful.


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